The London-based Improbable Theater Company presents a conceptually imaginative production on a sophisticated, raised-angle stage full of trap doors and secret passageways. Spot-on improvisation featuring headless puppets and lyrical, fractured storytelling explore the darkness of war and the fragility of memory.
Loosely portraying three “bakers”— brothers in a mythic country constantly at war — Guy Dartnell, Phelim McDermott, and Lee Simpson dart and twist about the architectural wonder of a stage in a display of intensely physical pantomime. Play is an important part of Improbable’s performance principles, and though put to good use I sometimes wished the heavy subject matter was played straight instead of peppered with constant comic asides. Master improvisors, the night included hilarious ruminations on a performance of Don Quixote at a bar next door, and an extended riff on a pesky fly darting through the theater that constantly plopped itself onstage. Improbable is to be lauded for physically testing the limits of their performance capabilities.