"That must have been some divorce," the woman replies. It's not the only funny line in the sequence, but things have gotten so tipsy and scattered I'd begun to think the playwright himself had gotten drunk while writing the scene. But the point of lulling us into momentary confusion, even disinterest, becomes clear with the shocker ending.
Directed by Jim Simpson, Founder and Artistic Director of the Flea, the play takes place on a set that's just about as simple as can be, though it makes startlingly effective use of a lower level behind the main set. The goosebump-inducing sound design is by Brandon Wolcott. At the price of a Manhattan movie ticket plus a bucket of popcorn, going to see The Vandal should be a no-brainer for lovers of artful entertainment. Visit The Flea online for more info or go directly to Ovation Tix (or call 866-811-4111) for tickets.
Photos by Joan Marcus