The entire play takes place in the lobby of the Jungle Theater, which is one of the smaller lobbies in town. About 20 mismatched chairs are placed at the far end of the lobby near the bathrooms, and the performers are right there in front of and amongst us (but don't worry, there's no audience participation). Jay Eisenberg and Chelsie Newhard (who also co-wrote the piece, along with director Shelby Richardson) play butlers of two rich dogs attending a theater performance for dogs. Their job is to wait in the lobby and rush into the theater whenever their dog calls them. While waiting, they talk about their jobs and their lives, they take a nap or two, they sing a song, and maybe they even fall in love.
|Jay Eisenberg and Chelsie Newhard in the lobby of|
Jungle Theater (photo by Lauren B. Photography)
Everything about this show is unique and unexpected. The performers give completely committed and present performances, as if we're not even there, and the thoughtful and detailed design elements combine for an immersive one-of-a-kind experience. It's a weird one for sure, but there's definitely a place for weird in #TCTheater. In fact, there's a need for it. I'd tell you to see it for yourself, but with the very limited seating, the run is virtually sold out. Visit the Jungle website to enter the waitlist.