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Infectious Smiles

April 11, 2018

Flu Season

A beautifully sad twist of life plays out on stage in Will Eno’s The Flu Season. Managing to be non-linear in a linear way, you’ll find yourself pulled into the interplay of narrative present with contemplative hindsight. An intricate mechanism, complications of a watch spinning beautifully, pulled off by a completely captivating & charming Epilogue brought to life by Anna Evelyn.

Taking place just before and through a cold winter, Epilogue provides a biting harsh cut of reality. Epilogue; cold recounting of events as immutable fact. Through this more somber role Anna brings sweetness to the personification of a literary device. Each scene will end precisely the way it should with Epilogue guiding the events as they unfold.

With Epilogue serving as a controlling back stop, each scene is free to start off with as much emotion as needs be to capture the essence of what is to come. Serving this kick off just right is Prologue (Nick Moss), be it manic gibberish or mournful airs Prologue is free to set any needed tones with Epilogue there to rein in any wild ways.

While Prologue and Epilogue play out their delicate dance, we are left to this beautiful art house slice of life. Many scenes within the whole playing on the fullness of life experienced by all, even when we are unable or unwilling to see and hear this fullness in the lives of others. A piece of Sonder pie as it were, a rich complex tapestry magnified until the interweaving threads become visible. An absent minded Doctor (Mark Hein) and a well-meaning Nurse (Heidi Mendez) go about the business of trying to help an introspective Woman (Brooke Markham) and a self absorbed Man (Joe Sartee) put their individual lives back together. As often happens, threads, of life, splice together forming new patterns before coming apart again.

The beauty of The Flu Season is in the complex interplay of journey on stage. What seems like an impossible to write piece, plays out with the beauty of a well written orchestral number. A huge part of a complex piece of art coming off well is a great first chair, holding to analogy, in Anna Evelyn. Truly any number of scenarios could have been coming towards the end and Anna would have wrapped them all together beautifully in real time. A mournful, sweet tragic soul in Epilogue given beautiful life through Anna.

The Flu Season may leave you feeling a bit sad, but it is a journey worth the ride, worth checking out.


The Flu Season (Directed by Doug Oliphant Written by Will Eno) shows at The Pico in Los Angeles Friday & Saturday nights at 8pm

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