The Invention of Tragedy

A chorus of students, all alike and all unalike, perform The Invention of Tragedy as part of The Flea's Mac Wellman: Perfect Catastrophes Festival of Plays. Original photo by Hunter Canning.
This isn't The Play That Goes Wrong. Then again, maybe it is!?

By Andrew Andrews

Mac Wellman’s 2004 examination of the post-9/11 world and “Zmerca’s” acceptance of the Iraq War takes the stage for its fifteenth anniversary, as part of The Flea’s Perfect Catastrophes, a festival paying homage to its co-founder. For this production, a chorus of Catholic school girls (who might or might not be anthropomorphic dogs) present the play full of nonsense dialog somewhat resembling lorem ipsum, repeatedly instigating nobody in particular to “chop the chails off all cats.”

Pushing the concept of “a play within a play” to the extreme, the embedded piece takes up the entirety of its wrapper, from the opening appearance of the narrating organist, to the curtain call that also serves as… well, the curtain call.

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Andrew Andrews attended The Invention of Tragedy at The Flea Theater The Sam in New York on Sunday, September 15, 2019 @ 4:00pm to write this review.

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