the other night i again took advantage of portland center stages’s $10 dollar last minute tickets to see how to disappear completely and never be found by Fin Kennedy. i was initially attracted to it because of it’s similarity to a radiohead song title and the reviews made it sound promising. the play is a riveting and angsty portrait of a man stumbling through life after his mother dies. after building up a debt with a drug dealer and getting fired from his job he attempts to escape and develop a new life. the results are not surprising, but handled in a way that the audience was on edge and nervous. the staging done with a minimal creative set involving three walls with pull out sections and lighting that was mainly geometric shapes projected on the walls and floor added to the dissonance that you could feel was going on in the head of the lost and desperate man. you could feel the uneasiness in the crowd as we left the theater.
in ways this was the worst timing for me to see a play like this, luckily the play was so engaging, well acted and oddly theraputic that it probably helped me.