Visiting with Radiohole
Editor and theatre critic David Cote recently profiled Eric Dyer, Maggie Hoffman and Erin Douglass of Radiohole, who are remounting their show Fluke, for an article in Time Out New York.
Expecting to walk into an orgy of sex, drugs, and punkish texts, he was instead greeted by an “industrious trio of polite, bookish technophiles.” What did Cote learn while at Williamsburgs Collapsable Hole, the theatre/headquarters of said bookish technophiles?:
“People have a hard time getting their heads around Radiohole, since we dont hang our hat on a single concept, Dyer says, implicitly referring to gimmick-driven Off-Off groups such as Les Freres Corbusier. If an ideas a bottle, then we throw it against the wall just to watch it shatter. Its hard to find one definitive thing about us.
As for the show:
Fluke is a familiar Radiohole mash-up of diverse texts and performance stunts, reflecting its creators quirks and obsessions.
Hoffman and Douglass note the research and factoids they amassed on the 19th-century American spiritualism that framed Melvilles dark, fatalistic world.
Other influences pasted into the collage include a story by Edgar Allan Poe, a documentary by Robert Downey Sr. and the historical figure Tokyo Rose. But dont expect a night of Name That Source. Sampled material in each show is so reconstituted and buried, it becomes part of a dizzying blur of media and fragments. Additionally, in Fluke, the actors will do a performative fuck-it-all and dance furiously to tunes by German metal band Rammstein.
Read the full article here.