Review and photographs by Greg Haymes
It’s an election year…
And Glover, Vermont’s marvelous band of agit-propsters the Bread & Puppet Theater returned to Time + Space Limited in Hudson on Thursday night with their most politically potent evening of theater in recent memory. It was the rag-tag troupe’s 14th consecutive springtime tourstop at TSL, and this time around they left behind the cabaret/revue-style performance that they’ve presented in recent years – 2011’s “The Decapitalization Cabaret” and ’10’s “The Dirt Cheap Money Cabaret” – in favor of a more strident evening of theater.
“4 Plays From the Republic of Cardboard” is an evening of four short plays based on B&P’s recent involvement with the Occupy Movement, and all four pieces directly addressed the hot-button issues and sentiments of that ongoing experience. “Demand Rises as Unrest Continues,” with its title taken verbatim from a headline in The New York Times business section, opened the evening and set the tone.
There was less humor than the cabarets offered, and less visual poetry than much of the troupe’s early work from the ’60s and ’70s. But the message was clear, and the production offered an unflinching support for the 99 percenters, or as the troupe of five women described them, “the heretofore ignored and despised masses.”