Theater: Villa Villa: De La Guarda

De La Guarda

New York City's latest avant-garde theater phenomenon tries to prepare would-be patrons with a set of ground rules: "1) Stand. 2) Dress down. 3) Look up. 4) Touch. 5) No rules." Here's why: the audience stands in a cavernous room for the entire hourlong show, while a dozen or so performers soar overhead. Suspended on wires, they swoop and twirl, climb the walls, bounce in and out of the crowd. There's wind and a rainstorm (you get wet), strobe-light effects and pounding music. By the end, the aggressive performers have coaxed many in the crowd to boogie along, completing the hall's...

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