For those in New York City, the world just got a lot more colorful. Starting tonight, and over the following three weekends, at the 78th Street Theatre Lab, located on the 2nd floor at 236 West 78th St., James Comtois‘ Colorful World unfolds.
In 1988, the world discovered a man who was indestructible, impervious to pain, and able to destroy a tank with his mind. (No, not Chuck Norris.) In the early- to mid-nineties, a craze where vigilantes dressed up in flashy costumes and fought crime took the nation by storm. Now it’s 2005. The World Trade Center’s Twin Towers are still standing. Hurricane Katrina has decimated New Orleans. The Iraq War is coming to a close. And several former costumed crimefighters realize their marks on the world are more akin to those of has-been rock stars.
This is Colorful World, Nosedive Productions’ latest full-length production that takes on the superhero genre. Far from a pulpy comic book-style romp, James Comtois and Pete Boisvert (The Adventures of Nervous-Boy) envision a world radically changed by the arrival of an invincible man, and not necessarily for the better. The estimable Mac Rogers co-stars in the show, which I’ll heartily recommend from afar, sight unseen. Again, performances are Thursday through Saturday for the remainder of the month — May 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 and 29-31 — at 8 p.m. For tickets and more information, click here.