This meta theater show begins in the lobby. At showtime we're led into the theater by flustered usher Brandy (Bella Maldonado) and told to quietly enter in the dark because the show has already started. And indeed it has - the closing scene of the famous play Rocco's Crimes plays out as we settle in. After the dramatic conclusion, the house lights come up, and the post-show discussion begins. Andrea Gugg (Steph Callaghan) tells us that she recently left her corporate job to be the Executive Director of this theater company, and is very excited for her first event. She introduces two cast members (played by Sarah Christenson and Jeffrey Nolan) and the assistant director, son of a Tony-winning director (Thomas M. Buan). Sadly the director and star of the show (played by Bryn Tanner in the brief opening/closing scene) are not able to attend. It starts off as a normal Q&A, with Andrea eliciting questions from the audience, from which she quickly deduces we didn't actually see the play. Then the four of them proceed to summarize and reenact scenes of the play, trying to get across the themes (although they don't agree what they are). It's a whole lot of silliness and overacting, through which we see that everyone actually does care about their art.
|Bella Maldonado, Thomas M. Buan, and Steph Callaghan
(part of Alleged's clever marketing of the play within the play)
The beauty of theater in this town is that one night you can see the worldwide phenomenon that is Hamilton with 2500 strangers, and the next night you can see an experimental new work by a group of young artists in a tiny space with a few dozen other adventurous theater-goers. No "allegedly" about it; An Alleged Theatre Company is an actual theater company doing fun, adventurous, entertaining work!