"Hello everyone," the soothing voice says in your ear -- directly into your ear, as it happens, for at "Connected," each audience member wears a pair of earbuds. It's all a part of the interactive theme in this unusual show that combines theater, modern dance and a therapy session.
The high-concept presentation is effective in a pop-psychology kind of way. Short skits illustrate how easy it is to become disconnected from the people in our lives (and offer a no-holds-barred look at horrible parenting). Even better are the movement segments -- with dancers shifting positions in tight formation, oblivous to the others right in front of them. My favorite: a subway car bursting into joyous life as the zombielike passengers are inspired to acknowledge one another.
In between, that voice in your head, I mean earbuds, askes questions in a friendly Rod Serling manner -- Who abandoned you? How did it make you feel? It's strange, but sitting there in the dark, that hypnotic voice playing, I suddenly thought of a negative moment in my childhood that hadn't crossed my mind in years. Did that one moment affect how I connect?
This curiosity of a show is on to something in highlighting how we exist in our own little bubbles. For a moment, there in the dark, wrapped in streamers with my neighbor, I felt connected.
60 minutes, Green Venue, $9, Orlando Fringe Festival official page.
• Thursday 17 May; at 7:45pm in the Green
• Saturday 19 May; at 8:30pm in the Green
• Sunday 20 May; at 11:30am in the Green
• Monday 21 May; at 5:45pm in the Green
• Tuesday 22 May; at 8:45pm in the Green
• Friday 25 May; at 10:15pm in the Green
• Saturday 26 May; at 2:45pm in the GreenCopyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times