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The Little Chaos Is a Charming Brechtian Mashup

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The Little Chaos Is a Charming Brechtian Mashup

Though The Little Chaos takes its title from Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1966 short, it’s primarily a deconstruction of the director’s first feature, the deconstructionist Love Is Colder Than Death. Using text not only from Fassbinder’s films, but also from Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger Than Paradise, even a postmodernist novel called The Dead Father by Donald Barthelme, the play is a heady Brechtian mashup that surprisingly charms rather than ironically alienates.

With the smallest of crew and cast (direction and adaptation by Stiven Luka, designer/assistant director/stage manager William Moody, costumes by Enver Chakartash, and starring Brock Harris, Ronald Peet, and Raimonda Skeryte), The Little Chaos is gripping experimental theater that becomes more than the sum of its refreshingly unpredictable and excitingly inventive parts (this certainly marks the first time I’ve seen characters shoplift plastic toy food). Stepping into the gangster roles of Franz, Bruno, and Johanna, and thus into the big shoes of Fassbinder, Ulli Lommel, and Hanna Schygulla, Harris with his leather jacket and short-fuse body language, a bewigged Peet with his suit, tie, and air of insouciance, and Skeryte with her fake German accent and gun moll’s resignation, turn what could have been caricature into believable truth with their taut timing and committed dramatic acting—which is what makes the light comedy so very funny.

And Moody’s lighting and set design render the white-walled, barebones set bigger than life. Indeed, not only the actors, but such inanimate elements as the production’s sound design and eclectic score, its vintage costumes, retro hairstyles, and madcap props (including children’s toys, even paper dolls and teeny guns) are all parts that coalesce into a functioning, organic production. Because the actors listen to each other and stay in the moment they build a fake world that’s nuanced and not over-the top—that doesn’t try too hard but just is—evoking an era and an atmosphere. The trio could have just emerged from a Godard film or a Walsh western—though one with an alternate ending that makes room for German subtitles projected onto a back wall.

For more information about The Little Chaos, including ticketing information, click here.

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Watch: The Long-Awaited Deadwood Movie Gets Teaser Trailer and Premiere Date

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At long last, we’re finally going to see more of Deadwood. Very soon after the HBO series’s cancellation in 2006, creator David Milch announced that he agreed to produce a pair of two-hour films to tie up the loose ends left after the third season. It’s been a long road since, and after many false starts over the years, production on one standalone film started in fall 2018. And today we have a glorious teaser for the film, which releases on HBO on May 31. Below is the official description of the film:

The Deadwood film follows the indelible characters of the series, who are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

And below is the teaser trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAcftIUE6MQ

Deadwood: The Movie airs on HBO on May 31.

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Watch: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Gets Teaser Trailer

When it rains, it pours.

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When it rains, it pours. Four days after Quentin Tarantino once more laid into John Ford in a piece written for his Beverly Cinema website that saw the filmmaker referring to Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Tie a Yellow Ribbon, and two days after Columbia Pictures released poster art for QT’s ninth feature that wasn’t exactly of the highest order, the studio has released a teaser for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film was announced early last year, with Tarantino describing it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”

Set on the eve of the Manson family murders, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells the story of TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as they try to get involved in the film industry. The film also stars Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate), Al Pacino, the late Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Bruce Dern in a part originally intended for the late Burt Reynolds.

See the teaser below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scf8nIJCvs4

Columbia Pictures will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on July 26.

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Watch the Stranger Things 3 Trailer, and to the Tune of Mötley Crüe and the Who

A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence.

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A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence. On Friday, Jeff Tremaine’s The Dirt, a biopic about Mötley Crüe’s rise to fame, drops on Netflix. Today, the streaming service has released the trailer for the third season of Stranger Things. The clip opens with the strains of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home,” all the better to underline that the peace and quiet that returned to the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana at the end of the show’s second season is just waiting to be upset again.

Little is known about the plot of the new season, and the trailer keeps things pretty vague, though the Duffer Brothers have suggested that the storyline will take place a year after the events of the last season—duh, we know when “Home Sweet Home” came out—and focus on the main characters’ puberty pangs. That said, according to Reddit sleuths who’ve obsessed over such details as the nuances of the new season’s poster art, it looks like Max and company are going to have to contend with demon rats no doubt released from the Upside Down.

See below for the new season’s trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEG3bmU_WaI

Stranger Things 3 premieres globally on July 4.

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