In “Time Flies,” four time travelers wander from their births back to the beginning of the universe and forward to the end of time. Along the way, they stage a hip hop tribute to a famous clock maker and engage in a bout of bare-knuckle boxing.
In other words, it’s a typical absurdist Le Petomane show. Co-producing artistic director Kyle Ware says this play is a study in anachronism, with philosophical undercurrents.
“What does our time here mean? What are we doing with the time we have on this planet? But there’s also absurd dances and ridiculous songs so it’s hopefully poignant yet ridiculously over the top at the same time,” says Ware.
Le Petomane plays are written and directed by the members of the ensemble. Like most Le Petomane shows, features original song and dance numbers and a nonlinear narrative.
“It’s pretty absurd in its construction,” says Ware. “It does not go from start to finish in any way.”
The play is the ensemble’s season opener, but don’t expect details on all of their upcoming shows just yet. They will reprise last year’s hit “Five Things” for the Slant Culture Fest in November, but their spring shows remain unwritten, as they will until about six weeks from opening night.
“Time Flies” opens Thursday and runs through September 15 The Bard’s Town.