Let’s Kill Greg pursues truth in absurdity — taking aim at politics, celebrity, business, entertainment, love, violence, and betrayal.
It’s a recipe for laughs and existential examination concocted for The 5 & Dime’s final, Earth-shattering performance at The Warehouse.
Company managing director Lee Hamby introduced the stage reading of Let’s Kill Greg: A Murder in Two Acts on Saturday night, saying it would be 5 & Dime’s final production at 700 Union St. — “Dirty Dancing staircase” and all. The company enters its sixth season in 2017 with a new permanent location on East Adams Street in Downtown Jacksonville. More details are yet to come, Hamby says.
It's no surprise that writer-director Franklin Ritch began this process with the goal of seeing his work performed as a full local theater production. But after these performances, Ritch now says the stage reading seems like the perfect means to pursue Greg’s end.
To be sure, this 5 & Dime production wasn’t a basic stage reading at all, as the play featured costumes, projection, lighting and quite a few props.
Here, five conspirators with wide-ranging — if somewhat head-scratching — motivations come together with a plot to kill Greg Rainsburg (Jason Collins).
For the ringleader, Felix (Drew L. Brown), this is a plot to assassinate — not murder — as he often reminds us, and maintaining the moral high ground appears critical to his state of emotional well-being. But his true motivations prove a bit more personal.
Valerie (Milan Alley) sees Greg as a political mastermind with a dangerous amount of influence on the president-elect (yes, that one), and she has her own political aspirations. Ritch noted after the reading that he wrote the play with adjustments for either 2016 electoral result in mind.
Meanwhile, Demi … More