Kitson premieres a new "story show"
Daniel Kitson mixes things up in his latest work, Analog.Ue. For one, he doesn't utter a word. Not a phrase, a noun, or even one of his signature stutters. You could say the monstrously talented British storyteller delivers more of a physical performance with this "story show." Casting himself in the role of stage hand or worker bee throughout the 75-minute work, Kitson cleverly employs recordings made on old tape machines of various makes and models to present the tales of Thomas Martin Taplow and Trudy Livingston. Similar to his work, It's Always Right Now, Until It's Later, the stories are told in concurrent fashion with Kitson bouncing back and forth between the two; one story told forward and the other told backward until they eventually meet. Taplow's tale recounts his activities on October 26, 1977, the day he committed his life story to tape at the request of his wife, Gertie. Trudy, on the other hand, we meet in the late 2000s and are transported back in time to her birth in 1977, along the way learning of her love of potatoes, distaste for yogurt, and obsession with the voice of a man she heard as a child on a tape recorder she found in her late father's things. The stories themselves are very Kitsonian; he is at once comedic and contemplative and revisits familiar themes of time and memory. What is interesting here is the role the author assumes, a wizard of sorts who lurks in the shadows meticulously dotting the i's and crossing the t's. This show may not be to everyone's taste as it's more akin to a piece of performance art than a play, but being a devout Kitson fan, we very much enjoyed it.