The Forget Me Not theatre company provides us with two quirky, thoughtful one acts this fall.
The first is “And A Moon Said Nothing” a world premiere by Thomas Herman. This play is actually composed of three short playlets attempting to span the course of human history. It’s reminiscent of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey on a significantly lower budget and probably much less LSD.
The first, and strongest of the playlets is subtitled “Beyond the Cliffs”, set in 30,000 BC amongst a small tribe of cavemen. Most of the cavemen seem to be a convivial bunch but one, Klag (Timothy Steinmentz) is particularly brutish. He is angry that his mate has left the tribe, venturing “beyond the cliffs” where as far as the tribe goes, nothing human exists. His wife’s departure has embittered him towards the other women of the tribe. He accuses them of the unnatural practice of “talking to the moon”, which we can read as matriarchal religious practices. It’s a neat little parable on the origins of cultural misogyny with some very funny dialogue. It’s a bit hampered by the fact that there is zero attempt to give them cavemen costumes. I’m pretty forgiving of low production values but this feels egregiously lazy.
The second piece “The Flood” is the weakest, dealing with the mores of the bourgeoise and their servants in an early 1900s manor house. The third piece comes back with a futuristic spaceship setting, nearly as clever as the caveman piece.
The second one act is Arthur Jolly’s “Thicker Than Water” which deals with a young couple’s (Peter Ash and Lisa Wood) reaction to getting sprayed with mysterious blood on a dark city street. It’s not a horror piece, (though it provokes unsettling thoughts) but a catalyst for a long conversation about life.
Together, these two plays seem to be a stab at transcendence that doesn’t quite hit the mark but it’s fun to watch them try.