On a frigid and snowy Saturday night, I arrived on a not-very-well-plowed street in an industrial neighborhood filled with semis. I entered the building at 451 Taft Street in Northeast Minneapolis (not too far from the new Crane Theater) and made my way down the stairs to a long hallway that smelled funny and was cold. If not for the signage at various points, I would have been unsure I was in the right place. But I was in the right place, the right place to see a smart new play in a perfectly suited found space with a small cast that was so great and natural I almost felt like I was eavesdropping on a real conversation. This was my first experience with Market Garden Theatre, but not my first experience with a Keith Hovis penned work, and I continue to be impressed with his evolving talents. First he amused with his very Fringey musicals (including Teenage Misery which recently received an encore production), then he moved to tears with the lovely trio of short musicals Pioneer Suite, and now he disturbs and intrigues with a play about our modern world and how quick we are to publicly shame people for their mistakes.
|Marci Lucht and Nick Wolf (photo by Scott Pakudaitis)|
|Nick Wolf, Marika Proctor, and|
Marci Lucht (photo by Scott Pakudaitis)
Public Exposure explores some very relevant themes. We put our whole lives out there on social media for anyone to see, without thinking of the consequences. We're so quick to attack someone who makes a mistake or says a stupid thing, but is that the sum total of who they are? Times they are a changin', and if a 29-year-old feels out of touch and over the hill, where does that leave those of us who grew up in an age with no internet or email or cell phones? Technology is advancing faster than our ability to handle it emotionally and morally; our ethics haven't quite caught up with what technology is capable of (see also Westworld). This is a play that makes you think, that challenges your idea of the world, that makes you uncomfortable at the things happening every day.
The short run of Public Exposure ended today, but keep your eye out for more from Market Garden Theatre and Keith Hovis.