Jorge Ignacio Cortinas’ BIRD IN THE HAND (review)

Suburbia and adolescence go hand in hand. Both suburban landscapes and teenagers work hard in cultivating surfaces of flatness — architecturally and emotionally — to hide conflicted interiors.

It is precisely these inner worlds that Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas’ latest play, BIRD IN THE HAND, presents. And, while it is set in the neighborhoods of Miami and greater Florida, the play’s locations and characters — most notably, the flamingos and other birds on display in a nature park owned by its lead character Felix’s family — speak of a darker melancholia that pervades the Sunshine state. Through his deeply poetic language and absurdist sensibilities, Cortiñas has captured the spectacular range of feelings that pervade the (seeming) banality of transitional spaces like high school and summer time and “the closet.” This play perhaps speaks deepest to latchkey kids— the offspring of “absentee” parents whose power was still present in other ways — and the everyday, improvised ways we tried to find a place in this world.

Told in a mode of “looking back,” BIRD IN THE HAND is a road map of those places to which we continually return, knowing that we can never go back. – (Christine)

Fulcrum presents
BIRD IN THE HAND
by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas

August 29-September 23, 2012
Wednesdays-Saturdays (8pm)
Sundays (7pm)

Theater for the New City
155 1st Avenue (btw 9th and 10th Streets)
New York, NY

Tickets: $20
Call SmartTix at: (212) 868-4444

And for Super Astig’s own soundtrack teaser to this performance, check out the lo-fi music video for the Jacuzzi Boys’ “Island Avenue”: