So Clara keeps her celebration private, and it's probably for the best. You get the feeling that what she wants from the security guard, more than anything else, is a beating as severe as the ones administered by her lately deceased husband. It's been so long since she's known anything from the opposite sex but pain and loathing that she can no longer fathom anything more. She has thrown out everything of her husband's, save this beautiful tie with a boat on it, and her renunciation of the world is absolute. Her daughters, she says, will be her revenge: Turning into women, they are fast approaching the day when they will ruin the lives of their husbands. With these black thoughts, Clara departs.
Then there are more pagan tableaux fairies? sylphs? and then a curtain call, and then another. The audience claps loudly and for a long time, a lot of volume for this small crowd, and when it's done, people remain in their seats, wondering if the show is over. It is, though ending here seems arbitrary. If Square Peg or Babilla wanted the drama to continue, to travel further into the gleeful self-mortification that serves as both Needle's goal and muse, you know they could find another egg to break. The world is full of them.
Merry Jo Pitasi plays self-immolating homeless woman Patricia in Three Angels
Through January 28. Written by Assurbanipal
Babilla. Directed by Michael Yawney. With Miriam
Kulick, Merry Jo Pitasi, and Odell Rivas. Presented
by Square Peg Productions.