Bluefinger

Catastrophic Theatre stages a rock opera redemption.

Herman Brood might yet conquer America, and who knows? Maybe Catastrophic Theatre might conquer the world too. Nodler certainly hopes so — he sees Haaga and Kelly as two potential international rock stars who never quite got the recognition they deserved, just like Brood, just as he sees himself as someone perpetually on the brink of something bigger.   

Or it might not. All involved claim not to care.

Van Dijk is pleased with everything he has seen so far. He seems to sincerely believe that his old friend is guiding the proceedings from somewhere beyond, and that Nodler is the man for the job of remembering Brood. "I told Jason, 'You are actually Herman yourself,'" says Van Dijk. "You had the drugs, you had the downers, you were in the street, you were in the gutter. I told him, 'Do your own pain in this thing and then you will touch Herman Brood the closest. Use your own blues.'"

Michael Haaga, Joe Francis, ­Jason Nodler and Matt Kelly
George Hixson
Michael Haaga, Joe Francis, ­Jason Nodler and Matt Kelly
Ever the outrageous figure, Brood and this parrot were inseparable for a time. Brood rarely if ever remembered to wash the bird's droppings out of his hair or wipe them off his shoulders.
Sander Lamme
Ever the outrageous figure, Brood and this parrot were inseparable for a time. Brood rarely if ever remembered to wash the bird's droppings out of his hair or wipe them off his shoulders.

john.lomax@houstonpress.com

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