Presented by Liars & Believers
Directed by Faye Dupras
by Gillian Daniels
(Cambridge) This weekend, local Boston-area theater group Liars & Believers will be putting on its new show, Icarus. It will be at the Cambridge YMCA Theater in Central Square this weekend only on May 17th and 18th.
Described as a show about poverty and transcendence, this American-bred tale uses the Great Depression as a backdrop as we follow Minnie Minoseczeck’s Menagerie of Marvels. The play is written and directed by Jason Slavick with original music and lyrics by Nathan Leigh. Included in the production is puppetry, designed and directed by Faye Dupras.
The myth of Icarus is well known in the Western literary canon, a fable to illustrate the crippling nature of success. A boy, given wings made from feathers and wax, is given the ability to fly. Once airborne, Icarus flies so close to the sun, the wax that holds his wings together melts. He plummets into the sea, a metaphor for the deadly foolishness of egotism and youth.
Liars & Believers is a mainly experimental troupe, one that prides itself on integrating different artistic pursuits into unique, chimera-like productions. Their shows often include dance, song, aerial gymnastics, spoken text, and numerous interdisciplinary forms. Previous efforts this year include Lunar Labyrinth, a show loosely based on a short story by Neil Gaiman. Lunar Labyrinth combined and rejoiced in different storytelling methods, knotting its plot and themes into dreamy contortions. Icarus promises to be a show in a similar mold.