Although this is the third script I've created with Imago Theatre's Jerry Mouawad in the last three years, My Bedroom Is an Installation is the first one that I've seen performed. The first one (The Strange Case of Nick M.) was a radio play so I only heard it; the second one (Voiceover) I only saw during its final week of rehearsals. But Mouawad and Imago's Artistic Co-director Carol Triffle kindly flew me out to see this new production and boy was I ever wowed. Propelled by terrific performances by Anne Sorce and Sam Gordon, the show garnered plenty of favorable press before and during its three-week run in November 2023. To wit...
Willamette Week's Bennett Campbell Ferguson referred to the production as "a triumph from a company that succeeds by risking failure."
Oregon Arts Watch's Marty Hughley proclaimed: " It’s absolutely one to see – even if you have to stay up past your bed time."
Broadway World's Krista Garver said: " I can’t say that I entirely understood it, but I did thoroughly enjoy it."
Prior to opening, Willamette Week's Bennett Campbell Ferguson interviewed Jerry about the upcoming production and described it as "a peculiar and beguiling play."
While in a fall arts preview from The Oregonian, Grant Butler alluded to the piece as being "twisted slapstick and intellectual shtick." (He wasn't wrong!)
Oregon Arts Watch's Marty Hughley noted Jerry's and my "shared fascination with the reality-twisting, linearity-fracturing ways of the great 20th-century Italian playwright Luigi Pirandello" in his preview interview.
And shortly after opening night, All Things Performing Arts, the review blog of Dennis Sparks, referred to the show as being an example of how Imago is "the leading edge of innovative theatre."
And now on to Price in Purgatory: A Live Radio Play.