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It's easy to get jazzed about The Wild Party; a bumpy ride on KDT's "A" Train

Lucius (Michael Turner), a serial killer facing extradition to a death penalty state, shares an exercise cage with Angel (Sean T. Perez), a first-time felon awaiting trial for shooting a crooked evangelist in the buttocks. Lucius has found God in the joint and tries to lead Angel to salvation. Angel resists, not believing in a God who would forgive a killer as ruthless and evil as Lucius. They argue religion. They howl like wolves. Lucius prays. The sadistic guard, Valdez (Christopher Carlos), curses them both. Angel's lawyer, Mary-Jane (Karen Parrish), coaches Angel to lie on the witness stand. There's not a bat's squeak of goodness among them.

Under the direction of KDT company member Dan Day, "A" Train leaves the station with engines at full roar and never lets up for a moment to allow the playwright's message of grace and salvation to really sink in. Instead it's two and a half long hours of ear-splitting cries. Like metal on metal, the men's angry epithets bounce off the walls of the bare set.

From Act 1:

Lucius: "Shut the fuck up!"

Angel: "You shut the fuck up!"

Lucius: "Shut the fuckity fuck up!"

Angel: "You shut the fuckity fuck up!"

Both: "Shut the fuck up!"

So beautiful, the language of romance.

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