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Death is usually represented as a trip into a darkening tunnel or a flight to heaven on the back of a gothic angel.
It’s usually made to seem way more appealing than it really is.
But an inventively designed show called The Etiquette of Death at La MaMa presents a much more harrowing vision of what happens.
Etiquette is an avant-garde musical collage of sketches, poetry, and songs, built around the premise of a woman named Joan Girdler (Chris Tanner, who produced) who gets a bad diagnosis for herself as her son withers in the hospital.
When death finally comes, it’s in the form of Death himself (Everett Quinton, who directed), and he’s got a horrid plan.
Ms. Girdler is made to sing that icky cabaret song “Don’t Cry Out Loud” while a deathly accomplice sits on her head!
Can you imagine anything more upsetting?
Photos: Ves Pitts