Earth: TTFN?!, a Sci-Fi Comedy Where Audiences Decide the Ending
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Set in a fictional Indiana town during the Great Depression, Jim Leonard Jr.'s moving drama focuses on the friendship between an ex-preacher from Kentucky and a disturbed young boy. The boy -- deeply traumatized by a near-drowning in his past that led to the death of his mother -- is now terrified of water, but also gifted with the ability to divine its location. As the bond between these two grows, the preacher works with the boy to overcome his crippling fear of water. And when the townspeople, desperate for a spiritual leader, mistake an eventual bathing for a baptism, their confusion leads to some significant consequences in The Diviners. Learn More
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I was thinking that the cocktail of political humor, campy sci-fi, and improvisation would be pretty entertaining, but this production missed the mark. By kind of a lot. In the interest of full disclosure, I should point out that I left the show at intermission, so it could have turned around in the second half, but obviously, I wasn't banking on it.
First of all, the theater space was really big, with seating on three sides of the stage, but the audience was small and we were consequently all crammed in the section facing the stage, overlooking huge banks of empty seats. That was unsettling, but I was still pretty eager to like the play as the lights went down.
Unfortunately, watching this production had that awkward quality of sitting at a lunch table in high school with those kids who incessantly quote Monty Python with the screeching accents (there's a PENGUIN on the TELLY!) and debate the merits of Star Trek vs. Star Wars with affected insouciance. You have affection for them because they're quirky, but if one of them married your sister, there would be yet another reason to dread Thanksgiving dinner, knowing you would be hit by a constant spray of too-corny jokes and outdated references to pop culture and political figures.
The costumes were pretty great (1970's-Buck-Rogers-meets-latex-fetish-party), and there were some genuinely funny moments, but too few and sandwiched between too much awkwardness to warrant you going to see this production. But if you do go, make sure to marvel at how much the male lead looks like the lead singer of a-ha. It's uncanny.
Will Earth “evolve” in peace or be destroyed by The Developer who calls it a blight on the galactic neighborhood…? You decide!