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Arts & Ideas Diary, Day 6: Friday, June 21
Stuck Elevator, the new-in-many-directions musical theater piece by Aaron Jafferis and Byron Au Yong, does not ascend in a linear manner. Its hapless protagonist is trapped between floors while delivering Chinese take-out food in a New York City apartment building. He is not freed for 81 hours. The show, which lasts 81 minutes, stops and roams in a way which its hero can not. It shows him scared, worried, hallucinating, reminiscing about the relatives he’s left behind in China, ruminating about the friends and false friends and workmates he exists with now, and generally doing what one does when one has an awful lot of time on one’s hands with no idea when things will change.
By Christopher Arnott
June 26, 2013