by A Team Reviewer Sarah Saltwick
What a crazy play. Don’t read any reviews if you are planning on seeing it (which you should!!) It feels (almost) impossible to review the Rude Mech’s newest production/adventure/experience/encounter DIONYSUS IN 69. The experience will be different for each audience member on any given night. And the less you know going in, the better. In fact, if you have already heard about production and are interested, just go see it. Get your ticket and go. Don’t read this. Don’t read any of the other reviews until you’ve seen the play. It’s a performance you will not likely encounter again created by a confident and skilled ensemble. My only two recommendations are wear comfortable (not fancy) clothes and read your program. Or even better, read up on Dionysus. The dialogue can be dense and it’s fun to have handle on the mythology. But this is not a play about dialogue. It is a play about theatre and audience, it is a play about sex and pleasure, it is a play about danger and control. A tragedy. A comedy. X rated with moments of innocence. Or at least that what it felt like to me.
there is an adventure. It’s a testament to skill of the ensemble and the director how it is both controlled and chaotic.
Those who will enjoy their experience/the production the most are those who fully embrace that controlled chaos. Early in the play, there is an announcement that the deity Dionysus is here. To paraphrase from the script, if you can believe that, you will have a very good time. If you are skeptical, you’ve got 90 minutes against a wall. Personally, I was against that wall. Thorough no fault of the production, I spent most of the play thinking, not feeling, and watching other audience members. I felt like I was at the wrong church. But this tells you more about me than the play. My recommendation is still to go. Sit high if you’re feeling shy.
Things like this don’t happen every day. Any student of the theater owes it to themselves to go and see a piece of living history. And then hopefully, spend some time thinking about the future. And then create something.