Of course set design’s important. It summons the scene, it gives the characters something to sit upon—and if the play’s really dull, you can amuse yourself by mentally rearranging the furniture. But in their new play, Flip Side, the Talking Band has given the set unusual importance—they’ve based the play upon it. The Band members commissioned designer Anna Kiraly to invent a visual environment and then Ellen Maddow wrote the script based on Kiraly’s creation. The result: Two separate, wet worlds that eventually intermingle. The cast, which includes Talking Band vets like Tina Shepard and Will Badgett, and newcomers Obie winner Heidi Schreck and Sue Jean Kim, play two sets of soggy characters. “Blue” Gene Tyranny supplies the tunes.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: Sept. 26. Continues through Oct. 19, 2008