Does Interference work as a play? No, but I’m not sure if it’s meant to cohere as the kind of story with a single start and finish. Liars and Believers have created an immersive experience with mixed results, one that works well enough when staged at a fantastic venue like the Oberon. Similarly to Lunar Labyrinth, though, the last effort I saw by Liars and Believers, Interference is a series of vignettes inspired by a single work. Here, the theater group takes its cues from Pablo Picasso’s 1937 painting, “Guernica.” Continue reading →
(Salem, MA) With nowhere to go, two characters bounce off each other, alternating between affection and violence. Their relationship follows a familiar trajectory. The World War II bunker where both are trapped is a well-mined setting, too. Still, it’s satisfying to watch Pablo Picasso (Stephen Cooper) and his German interrogator, Ms. Fischer (Linda Goetz), scrape each other raw in The Salem Theatre Company’s production of A Picasso.