Number Games

More Bigger (Masses) begins with the classic absurdist scenario of someone stuck in a situation beyond his control: The character Guy Johnson, says performer Gabriel McKinney, “is in an office, ready for a meeting, and it’s getting delayed, getting delayed” — for years on end. Nathaniel Justiniano, producer of this one-night-only, Black Hive Theater Projects production, says Johnson is “like Gollum;” you can detect the vestiges of an average businessman in him — his costume shows a shred of khaki pants here, the sleeve of an ox-ford there — but he’s fundamentally transformed. Yet in a distinctly American twist, Johnson doesn’t despair. “The guy’s unbreakable,” says McKinney. “The moment he comes in, he’s like, ‘This is the day. This is the day I’m gonna get my promotion’ — despite over-whelming evidence to the contrary.” That “fervent, contagious” energy, says Justiniano, gives the solo show its humor. (McKinney is trained in improv and clowning.) But if it’s funny on the surface, says McKinney, it’s also “a cathartic revelry in [the] greed and avarice” that caused the 2008 financial crisis. For some, he continues, high finance is just a game; for others, the game is “so real that they’ll never be able to extract themselves from it.”
Tue., March 12, 8 p.m., 2013

 
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