Theater & Performing Arts

Destination Home: Four Short New Works

When: Fridays-Sundays, 2 & 8 p.m. Continues through April 4 2015

Destination Home is four short plays that attempt to capture and free the haunting ambiguity of “home” by answering the question: “If home were the destination, what would the journey look like?” Ragged Wing Ensemble often takes a collagist approach to storytelling, and because of that, all of the mini plays are predictably weird, experimental, and tend to veer wildly from conventional notions of plot and dialogue. In other words, don’t come expecting neat story arcs and tidy resolutions. It’s far more enjoyable to experience something like Destination Home by relaxing into the discomfort that comes with not ever being completely sure what is going on. Which is why it is so delightful, for instance, to watch two clowns lose their dream home to a floating mannequin head, as was the case in Fantasy Home Sweepstakes: Malibu. Taken collectively, Destination Home functions as a hall of mirrors — audiences will recognize the familiar grappling and trappings of home explored in the four short works at the same time that they will also probably be baffled by them. Home is, after all, a place that often doesn’t exist, but a lingering image of someone or something you used to know. It is both a curse and a comfort, and Ragged Wing does an interesting job of mining the emotions associated with the bedraggled spectacle, often in surprising, dreamlike ways.

Anna Pulley

Price: $20-$40

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