Fly and the Battery Factory
Three shorts on Red Dot’s patio
Produced with the aid of Milwaukee organization The Battery Factory, the program consisted of three shorts staged largely in one corner of the back patio. Inspired by the works of Charles Bukowski and James Joyce, the underlying themes seemed to question the nature of identity, security and connection in a way that was deeply appealing in certain respects.
The first short, Goldfish, focused on tall, thin Tim Palecek as an impoverished poet bringing a girl back to the disheveled place he can’t pay rent on. They pretended to be stable people as things fell apart. And The Sun Wields Mercy felt a bit more accomplished. Liz Leighton played a charming photographer who sometimes regarded the world through a telescope and sometimes related to two other artists. Ian Tanudjaja was charismatically restless as a poet who couldn’t progress beyond a single poem. Alex Van Abel played an inert novelist who could no longer relate to the menu at a cafe. By far the best piece was Love. Repeat, with Glenn Widdicombe as a man not blessed with a great deal of luck or judgment. Widdicombe was in places heartbreakingly sympathetic in a world that would not stay still.