Arts & Culture

Mildred’s Umbrella: “Carnival Round the Central Figure”

Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Company presents the Houston premiere of Diana Amsterdam's darkly comic, abstract meditation on the absurd ways people deal with the inevitablity of death. It runs through Nov. 23 at Spring Street Studios.


“Carnival Round the Central Figure,” playwright Diana Amsterdam’s abstract exploration of death, combines three seemingly unrelated narratives–coping with death being the only initial bond–into a mysterious and surprising whole. It’s a kind of three-ring-hospice. The “Central Figure” is a middle-aged accountant, near death and enduring visiting hours when his oblivious wife, a concerned co-worker and her impatient boyfriend argue over the appropriate way to comfort the dying. The play takes surreal turns, as religious hysteria and supernatural phenomena affect the characters’ abilities to accept the fact that we all have it coming. Director Jennifer Decker and choreographer Jennifer Wood talk with Houston Public Media’s Troy Schulze.

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