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Mythic Figurations’ Campbell Soup


Like the rock opera or the dystopian visions of Philip K. Dick,
Joseph Campbell functions as a kind of Sargasso Sea for emerging
artists, luring them into an eerily becalmed miasma of pseudo-
profundity laced with “Haven’t we been here before?” Title:Point
Productions is the latest to fall into this trap, with their Mythic
, an old-gods-meet-the-new-gods parable whose flashes
of ingenuity barely conceal its murky and threadbare plot. Set in the
headquarters of a three-person team of superheroes/gods for hire, the
piece uses an array of media to chart the relative rise and fall of
the team’s members, mixing the obsolescent (overhead projections)
with the up-to-date (video broadcast). As the fading warrior Warren,
Ilan Bachrach amusingly grouses and mumbles like a hybrid of Popeye
and Wallace Shawn. Once he realizes he’s truly been supplanted as
lead rent-a-god, his abject stare beetling from underneath his Viking
helmet provides a rare moment of genuine drama. Vonia Arslanian,
playing the ascendant assassin Rose, lithely kickboxes and sashays
her way through a variety of pastiche scenarios. But from the loose,
noodling improvisation that precedes the piece’s opening to the heavy-
handed thematics pitting order against chaos, Mythic Configurations
lacks the imaginative discipline to reinvent its familiar material.