On the Verge

When: May 7-June 11, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., June 11, 2 p.m. 2011

In Eric Overmyer’s witty and intelligent On the Verge, what at first appears to be a travelogue of three intrepid Victorian ladies ends as a time-travelling celebration of the future. Armed with parasols and petticoats, the practical Mary (Jessica Barry), the fanciful, stream-of-consciousness-spewing Alexandra (Lesley Smith) and the conservative-yet-romantic Fanny (Gina Thornhill) navigate nimbly through Overmyer’s dense and delightful wordplay. As they bushwhack their way towards Eisenhower-era America, the trio meets some interesting natives that include a baby yeti, the god-like Mr. Coffee, and a cannibal/airman hybrid, all brilliantly played by Zach Faye. The set is simple but effective and cleverly augmented by scene-setting projections. Beyond the Monty Python-esque absurdity of this play, there is a hopeful message about the future, and this production delivers it with gusto. –Kate Watson

Price: $18 (general), $13 (artists, students)

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