My Night at Screw Tooth’s “Some Kind of Fun”
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By John Moore
Sept. 4, 2013
Opening No. 107: Screw Tooth’s “Some Kind of Fun”: This freakout by Denver’s newest theater company is run by 27-year-old Adam Stone. His play is self-described as “a 360-degree experience of a mind against itself: Creating, becoming, destroying, rebuilding, composing, consuming, childishly tormenting, reeling, reveling, dreaming, and seeing. I’d just add in that it’s an experiment in experimental theater that harks more to early LIDA Project than what you know of Buntport. (The Buntporters are lending the space to Stone, but Buntport stalwart Erin Rollman is credited as one of three “Some Kind of Fun” writers, along with Stone and Laura Ann Samuelson. The story begins understandably enough: A man is challenged by a young girl to write a story, to create characters he controls like God but, like Old Testamenters, they soon prove to have minds of their own. It’s largely inexplicable from there, but thrilling to watch play out all around you from the center of Buntport’s warehouse space, which has been completely cleared out and thus expanded to allow Stone more room for to dabble in several huge, distinct playgrounds. The text is sort of based on some of the same Ovid stories that inspired “Metamorphoses,” but “Some Kind of Fun” is filled with cacophonies, epiphanies, gunshots, barrels of water and … oh yeah, Drew Horwitz playing a caged Cain who spews repugnant, ignorant, violent dialogue about women into a jailhouse camera all evening. And guess what? Every word he says came from actual public remarks by the boxer Mike Tyson. Not sure what it all means, but three days later, I’m still thinking about it. Also featuring: Chris Kendall, Edith Weiss, Nathan Blackwell, Adderly White Bigelow, Ali Janes-Paulsen, Charlie Dando, Claire Patten, Emily K. Harrison, Joanna Rotkin, Jonathan Edward Brown, Joseph Wolff Phillips, Kaylee Hart, Laura Ann Samuelson, Mary Grace Legg, Rachel D. Graham and Skye Hughes. Showtimes: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and Monday, Sept. 9 at Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., 720-946-1388 or go to Screw Tooth’s home page. Photo by John Moore for www.CultureWest.Org. Click here to see the complete “Opening Nights” photo series to date
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