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posted Friday, December 9, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 49
Pale and Lovely Place an unpredictable mix
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Pale and Lovely Place an unpredictable mix

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

A Pale and Lovely Place
West of Lenin
Through December 11


Kevin Joyce is accustomed to creating presentations that defy easy description or even easy understanding. As a co-founder of UMO Ensemble, a group that combines aerial work, puppetry (or animation of inanimate objects), and abstract conceptualization to underscore their storytelling, he is comfortable living in that environment and allowing the audience to take away what it will.

His solo performance of A Pale and Lovely Place has been resurrected from the 1990s and combines a 1920s-style songbook, with Joyce on piano, and a kind of sales pitch to buy into a covenant, which may well be a deal with a devil. At the end of the evening, he said he never knows if it will be a laugh riot or if people will dislike it. It probably is a mix of both.

Joyce is a great performer. He sings well and his choice of songs plays tightly into the evening's topic. He has crafted three characters to speak to you during the performance.

The Announcer is clipped and directed. He tells you exactly what you need to know.

The Hunter is very confused and tentative. He doesn't seem sure of anything and is the only character who questions what's going on. He is shown in pale light. He is perhaps our small inner voice - not very loud, not easy to hear, and very easy to miss.

The Charmer is the sales guy. His suave charm and sardonically humorous sales pitch begs you to accept it, but demands that you look closely at the details. He makes even evil stories sound reasonable.

The program gives a lot of details. The rules of the covenant are spelled out before the start: 101: Chase the Things That Run Away; 201: Trick Your Body; 301: Train with Pain; 401: Take What You Hate and Make it a Present to Yourself; 501: Invent Madness; 601: Be Somewhere Else, Now; 701: Dance with a Stranger; 801: Make Someone Love You.

It could be a Faustian bargain, where you sell your soul to the devil. And in fact, that is the way Charmer makes it feel. But Joyce postulates in the program that it might be a ticket to freedom, 'waking up, and redemption.'

Some of the rules are given short shrift, but 401: Take What You Hate and Make it a Present to Yourself sounds pretty compelling. There is power in confronting what you dislike or despise and then turning the feeling on its head and creating it as a gift.

101: Chase the Things That Run Away tells a tale that starts to sound evil, though in a most benign way. A young boy runs away. Charmer doesn't even know why the boy runs away, and supposes answers all the way from 'just because' to something in the storyteller that frightens him. Yet, Charmer describes that he runs after him, per instruction in the rule, and follows him to an alley where the boy cannot escape. Yet, he does.

That's a good metaphor for what the short evening (about 75 minutes) may hold for you. It could trap you, or you could evade capture. It could be a laugh riot. Only your tiny voice inside can tell you.

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