A philosopher once called theater “the mask of convention over the face of society in the mirror of the unknown reflecting the rear-view of the sports car of destiny.” Simplify this theory with today’s theatrical Groupon: for $30, you get a premier pass for one person at Broken Gears Project Theatre (up to a $60 value), located on the corner of Fairmount and Shelby. The premier pass is good for the 2010–2011 season's remaining four shows.
With an ambitious repertoire that mixes ancient classics with groundbreaking new plays, Broken Gears Project Theatre puts on socially conscious spectacles aimed at challenging both spectator and performer. Creditors, on view through March 3, is a darkly comic tale of how old debts can reopen old wounds. Running March 17–26, The Magadalen Whitewash explores a dark chapter in Irish history when women were forced into abusive convents for becoming pregnant outside of marriage. Between April 21 and May 8, players don masks for a take on Sophocles' ancient Greek melodrama Oedipus The King, but utilize multimedia techniques to give it a decidedly modern feel. Finally, La Mano (The Hand) presents a magical realist fable about a rich man that buys a hand on the black market, and the original owner who wants it back, from June 6–26.
Broken Gears features an intimate playing space that seats audience members just along the fragile edge of the fourth wall. Before performances, theater patrons enjoy concessions at the Little Pink House lounge, whose decorations change to reflect the current show, while dauntless devotees attempt to sneak backstage in prop barrels to mix and mingle with talented company members.
- For a company only in its second season, Broken Gears is showing off some astonishing maturity here. – Lawson Taitte, Dallas Morning News
- Having occupied two venues for its first three shows, Broken Gears Project Theatre has settled into a fascinating find: a frame house in Oak Lawn, next door to a kennel and a stone's throw from one of the neighborhood's hippest bars, the Grapevine. – Mark Lowry, Theater Jones
3819 Fairmount St.
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