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Still Life With Typewriter 

Wednesday, Nov 9 2011
Consider William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch. The narrator is a junkie with an alter ego. He's in Mexico and buys “black meat.” He has an assignment but he can't know it. He hears about Annexia, where there's tyranny. He visits Interzone, where there are orgies. Along come a pirate impersonator, a vibrator that later appears in pop music, and two dead cops who didn't exist. Then it stops. Some call that “nonlinear narrative.” Others (we don't know who) call it “brilliant.” We call it “stream of unconsciousness.” What we need here is a guide. Who we have is Christopher Kuckenbaker playing the writer himself in The Burroughs and Kookie Show: Late Night in the Interzone. And the premise (as you might have guessed) is a talk show. To keep you off balance, Kuckenbaker plays Burroughs as well as his guest, alternately asking and answering questions. The production won the Best of Fringe award in the 2010 S.F. Fringe Festival, so it must make some sense of Burroughs' nightmares – or take a really witty route riding through them. (We're guessing both.) No word on whether an orgy is planned. (We're guessing not.)
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