Thursday, May 05, 2005

Shaggy Dog

from LA Weekly (Ron Stringer):

Finally, and damn near unclassifiably, comes Adam Nemett’s The Instrument, an engaging shaggy-dog story (scripted "under the guidance of Joyce Carol Oates," with a faint nod to the recent House on Haunted Hill remake) in which a bunch of CalArts types — played, or so it would seem, by a bunch of Maryland Institute College of Art types — is led by a demiurgical dead professor, through a maze of music and performance puzzles, toward all manner of obscure revelation. Despite the amorphous nature of these largely improvised proceedings, the music, costumes, art direction and personalities-in-formation that contribute to this lively exercise in art and/or gestalt therapy provide a potent draft of vicarious pleasure.