'True + False' has answers
“I’m directly related to two Filipino presidents.”
“I once lived with a man who believed I was plotting to kill him.”
“I had a two-foot tapeworm.”
“When I was in eighth grade I had a fistfight with y teacher over my midterm grade.”
“Fringe shows housed in the Contemporary Arts Center are usually a good bet.”
Not only is that the question,
we get to vote on the answer in the slyly satisfying “True + False,”
which, by the way, makes the final statement above true – Fringe
shows performed in the CAC’s black box are usually a very good bet.
“True + False”
is a high-tech entry. Seventeen video screens are contained in an industrial-style
console at center stage and a few dozen wires connect to a long table
filled with console, laptops and video camera overseen by a trio of techies.
Without ever addressing the subject of perception (and mis-perception) directly, ‘True + False” has a great deal to say about our ability to discern what is real.
At the end of the opening performance, the audience was right three times and wrong nine. (Producing company Big Picture Group doesn’t get into specifics about which is which, but promises the correct answers will be online at their Web site after they are safely out of town.)
I think our poor performance that night is because Cincinnatians are very nice and want to believe the best about people, and maybe are suspicious of tales that are utterly preposterous which makes our community a very nice place to live but leaves us open to getting snookered. Think about that.
The way the stories are fashioned, the degree and choice of detail, the way they are performed and the supporting video all contribute to an inclination or disinclination to believe. You’d think Big Picture Group had interned at a marketing firm spinning political candidates, they’re so adept at leading viewers where they want them to go.
As Cincinnati’s smaller
theaters experiment more and more with video and leave us wondering what
the big deal is – “True + False” demonstrates how video
can support and enrich a production. It can be simple, like many views
of dirt which suggests where a non-equestrian aboard an unruly stallion
may soon be going, to complex, as Allan Aquino-Quiaoit lectures on the
cutural history of Filipinos.