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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Clash Titan Clash! releases the comedic kraken

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In Greek mythology, the famed hero Perseus was conceived when Zeus, father of the gods, visited nubile young Danae in the form of a "shower of gold." Playwright/performer Lucky Yates treats that detail and its scatological implications like a gift from the heavens in his bawdy Grecian romp Clash Titan Clash! at Dad's Garage Theatre.

Yates brings about nine parts raunch and one part reverence to the madcap puppet show, inspired by the 1981 fantasy epic Clash of the Titans (a remake of which hits theaters April 2). Clash Titan Clash! takes sport in mocking the movie's sillier aspects. In particular, the presence of Bubo, a clockwork owl, is included as a transparent rip-off of Star Wars's R2-D2. The play draws more heavily than you'd imagine on the original myth, however, and comments on Greek mythology's sheer weirdness. Clash Titan Clash! demonstrates the malleability of enduring stories, while finding some titanic laughs in names such as Dictys.

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