Sometime in the mid-90s I saw Ben Katchor give a talk which culminated in his narration of a slide show of his comics.
Sounds bad, right? Like open night mic bad.
It's an indelible memory. A great theatrical experiance.
A few months later I went to my first "Carousel" performance.
R. Sikoryak has been putting these shows together since the age of slide projectors. Last night's show at Dixon Place (in a fancy new space with uncomfortable seats) was characteristic of the series.
Longtime presenters Brian Dewan and Jim Torok joined Sikoryak, Tim Kreider, Josh Neufield and first-timers Dean Haspiel and Kriota Wilberg. Some are straightforward readings (like a poetry mixed with a slide show), others are like intimate monologues by the artists. Tim Kreider, for example, shared a series a comics he drew several years after a bad breakup, he created a new structure to frame them and extemporanously explored their history.
The next "Carousel" will be at Dixon Place on May 28th at 8 PM.