15 Minutes of Theatrical Foreplay Warms Up ‘99 Ways’ Audiences With Austen-Flavored Tomfoolery
If you had a crush on the boy in your English class, please stand up. If you had a crush on your English teacher, please stand up.
Now, if you had a crush on the characters in the novels discussed by your English teacher and (maybe, depending) the boy in class, run, don’t walk to “Mr. Darcy Dreamboat,” presented as a curtain raiser for Theatre Vertigo’s “99 Ways to F*** A Swan).
Conceived and created by Camille Cettina (full disclosure, she’s my roommate. But she’s awfully talented besides), the Fertile Ground presentation of this (mostly) one-woman show is but a lovin’ spoonful of the fully-staged production to be mounted in the Fall, funded in part by the Regional Arts and Culture Council. At 15 minutes, “Mr. Darcy Dreamboat” is “a tasty treat of theatrical delights,” according to the press release, to whet your whistle for the full-length show.
Bodice rippers meet Nancy Drew’s wet dreams in this Lecoq-based physical theatre melange of the literary heroes and heroines who shaped us, from JD Salinger to Jane Austen to T.S. Eliot. Mr. Darcy and everything he stands for – the quintessential, untouchable crush – fuel a rigorous, rhythmic rendering of real influence by imagined personages. Cettina’s embodiment of literature’s giants promises to be anything but bookish; co-hort Anne Sorce serves as Cettina’s wingwoman.
“Mr. Darcy Dreamboat” also marks the maiden voyage from Pushleg, one of Portland’s newest theatre companies which is comprised of international physical theatre powerhouses Cettina and Sorce. The two rejoined forces late last year several years following their undergraduate studies at Pomona College in Southern California. Cettina spent several years as a company member with Theatre Vertigo, before earning her Masters of Fine Arts at the London International School of Performing Arts. Sorce trained at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris and has recently moved to Portland from New York City. She has worked with Theatre de la Jeune Lune and co-founded The Combustibles theatre company.
Performances of “Mr. Darcy Dreamboat” precede “99 Ways to F*** A Swan at Theater! Theatre! on January 20-22, 27-29 at 7:15pm. Admission is $5 or $20 for both shows. Tickets available in advance at www.theatrevertigo.org or at the door. To make reservations call (503) 306-0870 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.