"We won't promise you anything, but can we keep that promise?"
So asks the Netherlands' Theatergroep Max, which brings its "Performance in Which Hopefully Nothing Happens" to the eyes of area children next weekend.
Imagine "Monty Python's Flying Circus" scaled down for pint-sized audiences — a subversive effort in making kids (and teens) think critically about theater.
Described by the Herald newspaper of Glasgow, Scotland, as "intellectual pranksters with a flair for clowning," Theatergroep Max brings the tradition of the theater of the absurd, best known through plays like "Waiting for Godot" and "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" to children.
The silly, award-winning production challenges the notions of children as to what constitutes a performance, and what is it to watch and make theater, through a deconstructed set and plot in which an actor is forbidden to go onstage by a frazzled security guard. At first, upon seeing an empty stage, children are led to believe that nothing is going to happen, that their trip was for nothing — but then the fun begins.