Powered by greed, the corporate establishment digs for oil any place it can. Sometimes its in the Alaskan wilderness; other times its in Middle Eastern deserts. In the musical comedy Dear World
, now playing at Kalliope Stage, its under a Paris café. The action revolves around an eccentric cast of dreamers and idealists -- including the crazy Countess Aurelia and the Sewerman, whose big number is called Garbage -- who fight to keep their neighborhood shop from the money-hungry capitalists who want to blow it up. This is a fable, says director Paul Gurgol.
@cal body 1:Based on Jean Giraudouxs The Madwoman of Chaillot, Dear World (which opens Kalliopes fifth season this weekend) made its Broadway debut in 1969. But its still a relevant piece of theater, says Gurgol, because of what were dealing with. Namely, politics and oil. Plus, theres plenty of satire. People need to laugh, and we can laugh, he says. But at the same time, there is a message. Its very poignant fluff.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Sept. 28. Continues through Oct. 21, 2007