Besides her bizarre infatuation with Kevin Costner’s infamous “Waterworld” flop, this flaky guidance counselor also forms an extremely odd obsession with Penny. At one point, the doctor sneaks into his patient’s cell at night, wearing sexy lingerie as a gift…or does she?
And Penny’s roommate eligible bachelor must have his own thing for Ralph Macchio’s “Crossroads,” given he tells her a supposedly personal but all-too-familiar story about selling his soul to the heck for $175, and the promise of becoming the best guitarist in the world. His gift to Penny is a push button box equipped with a laugh track, which takes into account a few later scenes.
As she struggles to write her first screenplay – resetting “Citizen Kane” in a women’s prison – Penny ultimately negotiates her own deal with the devil (embodied in a comic cameo by Habeger), before heading down the uncertain road. who is in front of her, in a symbolic way of speaking.
Butzer’s “Artificial Island” is all of that, covering a heap of metaphorical ground in just 70 minutes. The acting tends to be variable, and like the PushPush course, the production values are pretty negligible. It needs tweaking, but that’s why it’s called a ‘workshop’, after all.
As for what the future holds for PushPush Arts, upcoming theater plans include “Deaf Republic,” an original response to the situation in Ukraine, and an updated version of Sophocles’ ancient epic “Antigone,” addressing ever-relevant questions about the perils of authoritarianism. Bring it on!
“The Artificial Island”
Until June 4. 8 p.m. from Friday to Saturday; 8 p.m. Monday. $10-$25 (pay what you can). PushPush Arts Theater Annex (at First United Methodist Church), 3716 E. Main St., College Park. pushpusharts.com.
At the end of the line: Erratic, but a continuous work in progress.