Up for Anything is an outrageous comic exploration of fidelity, commitment and better sex through chemistry. Up For Anything boasts the “racy, insidery” sensibility (New York Times) that has made Spitz a hipster’s favorite and drawn comparisons to Joe Orton and Charles Busch (New York Post) but places the “hysterically funny” (Village Voice) dialogue and scenarios in the world of the drawing room farce. Think the dry wit of Noel Coward meets the anarchic spree of the Marx Brothers. “Spitz makes anybody who appears in his work seem funnier and slightly more hip than they actually are, which is why working on his subversive dramatic constructs give actors so much joy,” says Sherman of his rare on stage role.
Spitz and his longtime collaborators Carlo Vogel (returning as director) and Jonathan Lisecki (also a director, back once again here as actor and co-producer) “exploded out of the Ludlow Street scene” (Paper magazine) in 1998. Over eleven years, they have produced the cult hits Retail Sluts, The Rise and Fall of the Farewell Drugs, “...Worry, Baby,” I Wanna Be Adored, Shyness is Nice, Gravity Always Wins, The Name of This Play is Talking Heads, and Your Face is A Mess. The East Village and Lower East Side had an element of danger then, and so did these plays. The neighborhood’s edge and rebel heart are now long gone but Spitz and his crew have maintained theirs and are back to show how it’s done with the tale of hapless Walter Dabney (Jonathan Marc Sherman, co-star of I Wanna Be Adored a decade ago).
Walter Dabney is not big on commitment. Both the soul of his writing and his ten year marriage have started to suffer for it. Walter can’t even commit to his mistress, Annie as their affair grows more and more serious. But when he takes a Viagra like pill called Themis one morning during a tryst, he is finally forced to commit to something: THE FOUR HOUR ERECTION THEY WARN ABOUT IN THE COMMERCIAL! It’s the worst possible timing. Everyone in the City he does not want to run into and some he’s never even met show up, amounting to a brutal afternoon of reckoning for Walter and the kind of wild night of theater that only this crew can provide.
Wendesday through Saturday
Monday, October 26
Theater: Kraine Theater
Address: 85 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003
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