It’s hard to nail both entertaining and profound, and no local playwright does it better than Savannah Reich. Her play Dalí’s Liquid Ladies is based on a story so strange that obviously it’s true: at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, Salvador Dalí installed a surrealist pavilion that you entered by walking through a woman’s legs (he was way ahead of Patch Adams) and that contained a giant aquarium tank inhabited by topless women playing “mermaids.” Reich’s play begins as a humorous look at those women’s lives, but ultimately becomes something much stranger and deeper.
In its initial production at Bedlam Theatre, Dalí’s Liquid Ladies was one of the most remarkable pieces of theater I’ve seen in my five years on the local arts beat—I put it at the top of my best-of-2009 list. Now, Box Wine Theatre is presenting a new production of the play, with an expanded script. It’s going to be hard to beat the original cast, featuring an unforgettable Jon Mac Cole as Dalí, but nonetheless, this is one of the year’s can’t-miss productions.
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