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Constanza Macras/Dorky Park Review <font size=2>by Stuart Smithers</font> Oct 7, 2006

by Tania Kupczak

The first thing you need to know is: if you miss Constanza Macras and Dorky Park, you will have really missed  ”¦ something. I’ve come to expect surprises at On the Boards performances, but this one was out of the box. The show doesn’t really fit into any handy category. It’s a delightful and hilarious romp through life, a web of chaotic energy that washes over the stage with dance, music, stuffed animals flying everywhere, mock personals, video shorts, and an inflatable lamb with a questionable destiny. The show’s incredible pace and visual extravagance made me feel like I was at a carnival, a circus, or a medieval spectacle. Life seemed to be coming unglued before my eyes, and it was funny. What’s it all about? I’m not sure, but visuals and the narrative suggest that we live in a world of indigestible memory, that we are flooded with impressions that we can’t consume fast enough. In  “Back to the Present ” those experiences and memories appear against a background repetition, a vision of human nature and love that seems to be going in circles. You can’t help but feel absurd and ridiculous when you recognize the history of your own relationships:  “I love you. Fuck you. ” But in the end, the show’s humor and intelligence restores my love for everybody. The themes are universal and could happen anywhere, and anytime.  “Back to the Present ” is an amazing celebration of our experience. The show rejects any sense of nostalgia for the past, and embraces the contemporary problems of love and sex, saying something like,  “We’ll take our problems and live them, because they’re ours. ” I can’t tell you what I saw, but you should see it. Oh. And did I mention the mad solo when the singer drives the Dorky Park ensemble off stage?
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