Are actors necessary? Certainly they seem so. Who else would serve our amuse-bouche, babysit our children, look sultry in head-shot ads, and prepare our occasional dose of Aeschylus or Ibsen? Yet in several performances at this year's Under the Radar, the annual festival "tracking new theater" curated by Mark Russell, live actors seemed ancillary at best. Video, recorded sound, and audience participants supplied the labor usually expected of thespians. The resulting shows were all more or less appealing, but often lacked the visceral quality that only the mutual presence and engagement of performer and... More >>>