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April 12, 2004 // UPDATED 1:12 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Anna Pratt
Anna Pratt

'The Worldwide Church of the Handicapped'

Interact Theater's "The Worldwide Church of the Handicapped," exposes the physiological and philosophical impediments of the world, revealing that many of us "normal" folks could be handicapped.

After the retarded, blind, mentally ill and brain damaged join The Church, in come those with much less visible inequities. Thus, the handicapped church becomes a haven for the diabetics, epileptics, drunkards, shy, angry, confused, rich, beautiful and strong -- all receiving one another, drawbacks included, unconditionally.

Examining perceptions of handicaps and people who have them, even exploring the prejudices within the disabled community, these disadvantaged parishioners resolve their fears and frustrations out of love in the nondiscriminatory Church.

Adapted from local author Marie Sheppard Williams' short story of the same name, this Interact production draws on the talent of the internationally renowned Interact troupe of actors with disabilities and also features actor Kevin Kling and Bedlam Theatre's John Bueche.

A gala with wine, hors d'oeuvres and a special performance from Kling and Williams, accompanied by a live jazz ensemble opens the first night's performance.

Show: Wednesday-Saturday, April 8-May 8, 7:30 p.m. (plus Saturdays, April 24, May 1 and 8, 3 p.m.) $10-$15. Opening gala: Thursday, April 8, 6:30 p.m. $50. Interact Center for the Visual

and Performing Arts, 212 3rd Ave. N., Ste. 140 343-3390.

'The Tesseract'

Like the movie "Memento," "The Tesseract," based on Alex Garland's novel by the same title, twists cause-and-effect through a narrative roller coaster, repeatedly whizzing viewers through fragments of the same scene but through chopped perspectives.

Linear time is broken by flashbacks from mafia drug gopher Sean (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers), a grieving Brit psychologist (Saskia Reeves), a Thai henchwoman and a burglarizing bellhop. These confused lives intersect at a dilapidated Bangkok hotel. "The Tesseract" hotel becomes an underground inn and ambient lens for a smoky, Buddhist city trafficked by crime, drugs, prostitution and abandoned children.

Twin brothers Oxide and Danny Pang directed the film, showing as part of the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, which features a musical score from Smashing Pumpkins' James Iha.

Thursday, April 15, 9:30 p.m. Crown Theatres, Block E, 600 Hennepin Ave. S. $6-$8. 331-7563.