Fossils OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Carol Rosegg
  • Opening Night:
    April 25, 2017
    Closing:
    May 14, 2017

    Theater: 59E59 Theaters / 59 East 59th St., New York, NY, 10022

    Synopsis: 

    Vanessa's life is science. Fact based, evidence led, no nonsense, no monsters. But when a photograph surfaces showing something in Loch Ness, she must embark on a very personal research project. The multi award-winning company Bucket Club create a "magical, melancholy world" (The List) featuring an extinct fish, a missing father, and breath-taking live electronic sound.

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  • NY TIMES REVIEW OF Fossils

    A Search for Dad, and the Loch Ness Monster, in ‘Fossils’

    Alexis Soloski

    May 2, 2017:

    If you have to be dragged back into familial distress, why not let a mythical plesiosaur do the tugging. In “Fossils,” an inventive entry in the Brits Off Broadway festival at 59E59 Theaters, a sighting of the Loch Ness monster forces a young scientist to confront her unhappy past. Narratively slight and at least a little nutty, this piece, created by the company Bucket Club, is deft in form and nifty in presentation.

    Vanessa (Helen Vinten) is a hard-working, hard-thinking evolutionary biologist who probably sleeps under her desk. Her idea of a hot and heavy Saturday night? Arguing with creationists in chat rooms. Most of her research is deeply unsexy and involves experiments with the skin cells of a coelacanth, “a living fossil” of a fish, once thought to have gone extinct 65 million years ago.

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