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Synetic Theater at Crystal City
Between 18th St S and 20th St S 1800 South Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202
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4.4 / 5 Rated by 26 members
Review from KatieK

Phenomenal one man show that manages to keep the audience engrossed from start to finish. Interesting use of camera work and projection of film to illustrate some of Fuller's ideas along with footage showing his designs and home videos of his...continued

reviewed Jun 06 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Susan Landay Kimmel

Although the play is 20 years old, the thoughts are as fresh and relevant as ever. How will we sustain Spaceship Earth? as asked and explored by the quirky, profound, irrelevant, and inspiring Bucky himself. Marvelous acting and wonderful...continued

reviewed Jun 04 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Jack Stillwell

Really well done one-man show with great visual support and staging about a guy who is too little-known in today's world.

reviewed Jun 02 2010 report as inappropriate
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“As startlingly funny as it is intellectually stimulating.” —San Francisco Examiner.


_R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of The Universe _is based on Fuller’s life and writings. Referred to as one of the world’s first futurists, many of Fuller’s ideas continue to shape the fields of science and philosophy today. Fuller was a true renaissance man who used engineering, architecture, poetry and cosmology to find solutions to worldwide problems like poverty and starvation. Fuller’s most recognized invention is the geodesic dome, an energy- and cost-efficient spherical structure of interlocked triangles. He was committed to helping mankind by pioneering ideas of sustainability and energy usage.  

“While he was alive, Bucky was most often described as an architect, but the architects said, ‘No he’s an engineer.’ The engineers said, ‘No, he’s a mathematician.’ The mathematicians said, ‘He might be a geometer, but really, he’s a poet.’ The poets said, ‘No, he’s a utopian philosopher.’ The philosophers said, ‘No, he’s an architect.’ No one quite claimed him as one of their own," said Jacobs. "But everyone heard him speak about fields other than their own specialization. However, it’s been acknowledged that artists always recognized him as one of their own. His call for a design science revolution was a call to integrate the best insights, methods and intuitions of artists, scientists and technologists.”

From the playwright, D.W. Jacobs: “In 1967, right after high school, my brother Steve and I worked for a month as waiters in D.C., spending our days off in the National Gallery and wandering the Mall. In 1968, as I started flirting with theatre, Steve insisted I come see Bucky lecture at the College of Creative Studies at UCSB. Amidst assassination, war and overarching turmoil, Bucky’s curious voice carved a path to the future. We are now catching up with his perception that war is obsolete, his playful invitation to rethink everything we know, and his insistence on action based on individual integrities and whole system synergies.”

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