Blue Barn’s “Bug” filled with paranoia, absurdity
October 20th, 2011
Omaha, NE – The Bluebarn Theatre opens up its 23rd season with the serio-comic psycho-thriller play â€œBug.â€ The artistic director for the theatre along with an actress from the show invited KVNO News to be a â€œfly on the wallâ€ and talk about â€œBug.â€
The stage has been set, as what appears to be a motel room, at the Bluebarn Theatre for the play â€œBug.â€ Kim Gambino is an actress from New York and plays the main character, Agnes White, in the play.
â€œThe play opens up with my character just standing in the doorway,” White said. “For a full two minutes, just standing in the doorway of the motel room smoking a cigarette. Sheâ€™s come home from a long day of cocktail waitressing. Then, slowly things start to happen, bit by bit by bit.â€
Gambinoâ€™s character Agnes is a lonely waitress with a troubled past and is also a drug user. Her lesbian co-worker introducers her to a peculiar man named Peter and they start a romance. Gambino says this well-written play by Tracy Letts makes the audience think â€“ taking people on a roller coaster ride of emotions.
â€œWe figured out the characters, what they want, whatâ€™s going on in the scene and what happening. And, then (we actors) layered in the drugs, and the paranoia, and the absurdity of certain moments.â€
Susan Clement-Toberer is the artistic director with the Bluebarn Theatre. She said Gambino was just the right person to breathe life into Agnes. Clement-Toberer said they produce shows like â€œBugâ€ to provoke thought, emotion, action and change from the audience.
â€œIt is truly a thriller, and a piece that you donâ€™t know what real and whatâ€™s not,” she said. “Itâ€™s very psychological in nature.â€
â€œBug,â€ is now on the main stage at the Bluebarn Theatre in Omahaâ€™s Old Market through October 23rd.
This performance is intended for mature audiences, and contains nudity and adult language.
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