Chesapeake

There’s much to enjoy in Lee Blessing’s philosophic monodrama — so long as you don’t expect too much logic and credibility. It’s a fantastic, cockeyed parable about a naive, idealistic performance artist named Kerr (Mark Thomsen), who’s heavily influenced by Italian Futurist writer Filippo Marinetti. When he performs a nude rendition of the biblical “Song of Songs,” Kerr is condemned as a pornographer by ultraconservative Senator Therm Pooley, who’s hell-bent on killing off the National Endowment for the Arts. Pooley has a dog, a Chesapeake Bay retriever named Lucky, which gives him a folksy, vote-getting aura. In a far-fetched scheme, Kerr decides to kidnap Lucky as a piece of reality-based performance art. His plans go awry, Lucky is accidentally killed, and Kerr is mysteriously transformed into a retriever, who looks exactly like Lucky. He’s adopted by Pooley, who’s convinced that he’s a messenger from God. Thomsen is a skillful, likable performer, who finds rich comedy in the plight of a man who’s half human and half dog. The play’s dizzy twists and turns don’t entirely add up, but director Martin Bedoian gives it a clever, funny production, and Thomsen’s performance alone is worth the trip. CTG Theatre, 1111-B West Olive Ave., Burbank; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; through October 31. Produced by Syzygy Theatre Group. (800) 838-3006 or Syzygytheatre.org.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Oct. 9. Continues through Oct. 31, 2009


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