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Theatre Reviews

I went to see this pro­duc­tion because a friend said it was very fringy. We both miss the old days, when imag­i­na­tions ran wild and you nev­er knew what you would see when you went in the door. ANATOM­I­CA filled that bill.

As you enter, the ush­er invites to to take a seat, and offers the oppor­tu­ni­ty to go onstage and lis­ten to the music in the vac­u­um clean­er hose onstage. Then the show begins. Ami­ca Hunter takes the stage, wear­ing a cos­tume, wig and a fake beard. They use the hose to com­mu­ni­cate with select audi­ence mem­bers. Then they does a strip tease to reveal a cloth repli­ca of a naked body, and then removes this body to reveal a skele­ton suit.

They explains their fibromyal­gia and oth­er mal­adies, and then describes their sleep rit­u­al, which leads to their mus­ing about the three types of skele­tons that ani­mals have; endoskele­tons like us, exoskele­tons like crabs, and hydro skele­tons like worms. Which is best?

They tells us about her pet cray­fish and his lim­i­ta­tions with an exoskele­ton, and then comes the worm cos­tume you see in the pro­gram. It’s all very weird and won­der­ful, and car­ries a mes­sage about diver­si­ty and self-accep­tance. Perfect.Fringe material.