A knot of fancy, sun-deficient artistes offer a new spectacle; Happy Forever: The Life and Death of an Italian Cat follows a vaguely historical path to and from a fishing village. This thrice-in-one-night production comes via the writing of Spy Emerson, poetry by "Ask Dr. Hal"'s Hal Robins, and the gaunt good looks of the rest of the cast, who present onstage like a Terry Gilliam traveling troupe. Noted costumer, window decorator, and performer Janay Rose is involved; thus, the thing will look very very spidery-pretty. Sacred felines, an important squid, and "the swimming cities of Serenissima" all figure strongly in this satisfyingly odd romp.
Tue., Feb. 23, 7, 8 & 9 p.m., 2010