Essential Self-Defense

Playwright Adam Rapp (Pulitzer Prize-finalist for Red Light Winter) can be an uncertain, quirky writer, somewhere between Sam Shepard with his grotesque way-out-west family and Harry Kondoleon and his oddball, psychotic fairy tales. Rapp’s 2007 Essential Self-Defense, making a welcomed regional premiere at Horse Head Theatre Company with this production, is certainly quirky.

Kooky misfit Yul (played by frequent Houston Press contributor Troy Schulze) has a low-end job as a human attack dummy in a women’s self-defense class, taking his licks from repressed bookworm Sadie (Bree Walsh), who knocks out his tooth before falling for him.

There’s a subplot about missing children, a slew of weird townies and much talk about paralyzing fear and mystery, along the lines of Yul’s confession, “My worldview involves ominous cloud formations and lots of shattered glass.”

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Freneticore Theater

5102 Navigation
Houston, TX 77011

Category: Performing Arts Venues

Region: East End

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David Cote of Time Out New York said of the play, “Rapp was born to wrestle words to the page and then to the stage; he has a love of language and a zest for his characters’ lives.” 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and May 16. Through May 28. Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation. For information, call 713‑364‑4482 or visit www.horseheadtheatre.org. $15 to $25.
Thursdays-Saturdays; Mon., May 16. Starts: May 12. Continues through June 5, 2011

 
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