Small Engine Repair. When can the wrong audience be so right?
The way I see it, thanks to the internet, our society has been reshaping itself because information can be easily accessed and shared. Topics like sex and drugs no longer seem to be as taboo as they once were and younger generations are exposed to more much sooner and more vividly (I mean, all you have to do is google it). One’s twitter followers and/or buzz on Instagram and Facebook seems to determine social status nowadays. Thanks to a description of the play I had read beforehand, I reluctantly walked into the Lucille Lortel Theatre under the impression that Small Engine Repair would be like watching the setup of a gay porno. I was rather pleased that it turned out to be a whimsical depiction of current events, focusing on the evolution of the average American life through the growth of technology. I found it resembled a modern That 70's Show with a fun murder plot twist.
Small Engine Repair was almost like witnessing a juxtaposition of placing my father’s generation around my generation and gluing them together with alcohol - not the ideal mix. Every time I go and see an original Off-Broadway show I understand more that theatre is not at all outdated, over exaggerated, too artsy or poetic - which is what I once believed it to be.
I sat down among an audience much older than I am. I was surprised that the show seemed equally relatable to all of us. Small Engine Repair took aspects of current issues such as cyber bullying, social media, and keeping up with the latest technology. I felt comfortable. Theatre can be like witnessing any possible situation of today’s times, much like a watching a live sitcom. There is something about being able to witness a depiction of everyday life for me and how what is normal to me can impact the people around me so differently.