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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Violence runs in veins of three new plays

click to enlarge TOOTH AND NAIL: A wolf in Red's clothing provides a creepy subplot in Haverty Marionette's The Phantom Limb.
  • TOOTH AND NAIL: A wolf in Red's clothing provides a creepy subplot in Haverty Marionette's The Phantom Limb.

The classic paradox of violence is that no matter how much you abhor it, you can’t look away from it. Ancient Greek dramatists seized audiences' attention with beheadings or blindings, and then hammered their themes of social instruction. Three new plays by young Atlanta theater artists similarly use violence, or its implications, to provoke the viewer into considering some offbeat ideas.

At Dad’s Garage Theatre, The B-Team follows a band of bumbling jihadists whose members aspire to blow up themselves and/or a prominent symbol of American decadence. At Haverty Marionettes, The Phantom Limb offers an avant-garde study of Albert Fish, an early 20th-century American serial killer. And at Out of Hand Theater, Stadium 360's satirical look at pro football acknowledges the game's inspirational power, but decries the physical damage caused by America’s most concussive contact sport.

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