Stevie entrusts Mark to boot them out. But what is trust? Obedience school? They offer Mark compliments, girders for his flimsy backbone and salves for his artistic insecurity. Though Mark betrays Stevie with one transparently stupid decision after another, the melodramatic power of the salesmen’s calculations gives the play a vicelike grip. And though the play would have a deeper reach if the visitors’ fraud weren’t so naked from the start, it contains a sizzling insight that extends from home repair to homeland security to foreign policy: If you want to close the sale, tell them that the sky is falling and that immediate action is imperative.
CHIMPS | By SIMON BLOCK | Presented by FURIOUS THEATER COMPANY, 965 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena Through May 25