New Paradise Laboratories  

The Adults

(2014) in FringeArts Festival

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“Beautiful physical theater."
-- Howard Shapiro, The Philadelphia Inquirer

This is no run-of-the-mill vacation. Veteran and next-generation New Paradise Laboratories cast members come together to present the world premiere of The Adults, a multi-family vacation that takes an unexpected turn when adults start behaving badly. Influenced by Anton Chekhov and the paintings of Eric Fischl, and set to a score by local experimental composer Bhob Rainey, The Adults is a highly physical show that explores intimate cruelty and shifting emotional landscapes.

 “The irritations and ennui that set in during unstructured play time for grown-ups are wittily conveyed, as is the sense of social selves melting into primitivism.” -- The New York Times

“It’s nasty, beautiful, ugly, thought-provoking and hypnotic.” -- The Philadelphia Inquirer

“A masterwork of unease” – Broad Street Review

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Premiered at the 2014 Philadelphia FringeArts Festival. Developed in part in residence at The Orchard Project, White Pines Ensemble Residency Program, and the Swarthmore Project in Theater.

An evening-length work: 7 performers, 75 minutes, one setting, one act. Recommended for ages 16 and up.

Production photos by Kate Raines | Plate 3 Photography

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"Games, both sporting and erotic…rendered in various body-contorting pas de deux, in which civilized and primal impulses seem to do battle" says Ben Brantley for The New York Times. Read more.

“Matt Saunders’ set and projections offer a Philip Johnson-style modernist dream…beneath the menacing eyes of an enormous taxidermied bear. Bhob Rainey’s fuzzy, squealing sound design, all unsettled agitation, underscores the disconnect between the people and their surroundings.” says Wendy Rosenfield for The Philadelphia InquirerRead more.

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“Unflinching as a theater company willing to experiment with high-wire concepts, kinetic visuals, cinematic sound design, integrating ‘physical theater’ and character choreography to conjure fantastical stage worlds that challenge safe theater conventions” writes Lew Whittington of the Huffington Post. Read more.

Philebrity praises The Adults as “highly physical movement work that provokes a rapturous discomfort from way deep in your gut…onstage happenings so astonishing they attain the level of hallucination or illusion.” Read more.

Read more critical acclaim from NewsWorksFringe ReviewPhindie, and the Broad Street Review.

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