20 Nothing

20 Nothing

20 Nothing
Directed by Debra Christopher
Last Minute Panic Productions
Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, Green Venue

Kids these days! With their Instagrams and text messages and student debts that would make a third world county blush…deep down their hopes and fears aren’t any different than any generation before or likely to come after. There’s a fear of GMO and Terrorism, but they forget nuclear holocaust and polio. But the basic needs of acceptance, community, love and getting a decent job remain, those are eternal issues and this string of vignettes tackles all of them head on. The show is presented as a series of 20 or so vignettes, each is a nice study scene but they do not form a coherent story: it’s as if these young people are thrashing about and reaching out, some ask the question “What are we to do? Where are we to go?” while others report back “I went here, I did this, I felt this way.” It boils down to sex and booze and instant communication, there’s an awareness that the Permanent Record I was told about has moved from a file in the principal’s office to a hard drive in the cyberspace. Ultimately, these indiscretions will fade, and these people will fill our roles when we are gone and they will complain to each other: “Kids these days!”

This production is part of the 2014 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival. Information on tickets and show times may be found at http://OrlandoFringe.org/

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