Ann Arbor Weather:
Thursday October 19, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Chemical Traces

 

continued

Gangly and expressive, Venturi's puppets are handmade. Bob sports scraggly hair and glaring icy eyes over a torn and stained sweater. Emily's sexy glass cat-eyes gleam over her pressed blue postal uniform and heels, and Reynaldo's camouflage duds mark him as a mad militia type. The puppets' slightly enlarged heads, hands, and feet add a cartoonish note that's countered by their detailed, emotional faces, the focal points of the pleasant, living-room-size Dreamland Theater, which houses about forty colorfully mismatched chairs facing the upright-piano-size stage.

Onstage, Emily sings a dreamy, melancholy love song, "He left chemical traces in my heart, it is true . . . and these chemical traces may lead me to you." She and Bob dance at a unabomber convention complete with mirror ball, and Ted Koppel's hair appears, minus Ted Koppel ("It's a long story"), to bid on Bob's manifesto for a Dateline exclusive. After Reynaldo trashes Emily to Bob, asserting that she drinks Starbucks coffee, drives an SUV, and was spotted watching NBC and CNN news and "nodding approvingly," a crushed Bob spurns Emily as "nothing but a puppet, who twists and turns according to the capricious whims of imperialist dogma." Find out whether Bob and Emily's fragile love survives when Chemical Traces returns to Ypsilanti's Dreamland Theater on Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4.    (end of article)

[Originally published in August, 2002.]

 

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Argus Grows
Clague's Grocery is now a second Farm Stop.
Sabine Bickford
African and Caribbean Restaurants
Douglas Trevor 2017
The strange ways of books
Keith Taylor
Pipeline Protest
As a giant gas line inches closer to its day camp, the Ann Arbor Y goes into activist mode.
Julie Halpert
Restaurants with prices Over $30
A clickable zoomable map
Return to the River
Gallup Park opened up a "private river." Now a new playground is making it even more accessible.
Jan Schlain
Neighborhoods - Haisley
Antiques in Chelsea
Social Services and Support Groups
Doctor Shortage
Arthritic Ann Arborites are waiting three to five months for an appointment with a rheumatologist.
Jeff Mortimer
John Shultz photography and Portrait Studio in Ann Arbor since 1982