Review: "ray gun say0nara" Is a Blast
ray gun say0nara
Written by Steven Mark Tenney
Directed by Janet Bentley
Presented by Nylon Fusion Theatre Company at New Ohio Theatre
154 Christopher Street, Manhattan, NYC
December 4-22, 2019
|Alexa Elmy. Photo by Al Foote III|
In the universe (or Metaverse) of ray gun say0nara, aliens called Nadirians first came to Earth in the 1950s (a boom-time for the mainstreaming of sci-fi in our own world and the same era, the play points out, that TV made its arrival in our homes). The Nadirians secretly created an immortal being, a Celestial, meant to improve the Earth and imprisoned his evil twin, necessary to his creation, on a faraway planet under the guard of AI-equipped Automated Self-Driving Units and the sway of "fiction fields." It turns out, however, that there may have been a mix-up regarding which Celestial was placed where, and Captain Buck Law (Sean Leigh Phillips) has been dispatched to set things right. Meanwhile, the Sockets, consultant father Phil (Timothy Babcock), mother Millie (Laura Pruden), and son Billie (Sam Ogilvie), an archetypically 1950s white nuclear family, gets accidentally embroiled in these epic proceedings while merely trying to take their space vacation.
|Timothy Babcock and Randall Rodriguez. Photo by Al Foote III|
|Erin Grant, Ayaka Yoshimo, Sean Leigh Phillips, Rich Wisneski, and Joyce Miller. Photo by Al Foote III|
Combining comedy, song, adventure, and metacommentary, ray gun say0nara uses familiar elements to create a universe that is entirely its own. According to the Sky Hop, people say that getting hit with a ray gun is dope as hell; getting hit with this ray gun certainly is.
-John R. Ziegler and Leah Richards