In this groovy, unpretentious little show, Brendan Albano and Kate Barbaria invite tiny audiences—the max is eight people—to sit around a warmly glowing lamp underneath a tarp and drink tea or cocoa. They also give audience members 30 seconds to think of four kinds of material to share: a story, a dream, a lie, and a poem. Our lives and subconscious minds are all treasure troves; the night I was there, a woman told a dream about fending off a bull, I learned about the founding of the University of Bologna in the 11th century, and a woman said that she was inspired to volunteer at the Fringe by how much help she received when her son was diagnosed with a rare disorder. There’s a two-minute time limit, which is fun because interrupted stories make you think about narrative conventions. And the recorded material gets posted on www.casualstoriesproject.com/. Intimate and elemental. I totally dug it.
At Triangle Square on September 9 (8 and 9 p.m.), 10 (8 and 9 p.m.), 13 (8 and 9 p.m.), 14 (8 and 9 p.m.), 15 (8 and 9 p.m.), 16 (8 and 9 p.m.), and 17 (8 and 9 p.m.)