Goin’ Off the Rails on a Crazy Train

Spending time inside a deteriorating mind can be sort of fun: If you start to forget simple things, like how to put on clothes or use the toilet, you’ll at least get some much needed humor out of it. On the other hand, whatever fleeting moments of coherence you have left will be punctuated by the fact that you’ve been pooping yourself in front of other humans. Like all things in life, you take the good with the bad, right?

Well, for English playwright Sarah Kane, slowly sinking further into clinical depression was a lot more of column B (the bad) than column A. She committed suicide in a London hospital at just 28 years of age, but not before she finished her final play, 4.48 Psychosis. The work, which lacks any distinct characters or plotline, is effectively a suicide note from the talented but tragic Kane, one that many critics believe was intended to be seen only after her death. Past productions of Psychosis have varied on details as specific as how many actors are involved; the latest, running April 17 through May 11 at the Naked Stage (in the Pelican Theatre, 11300 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores) features just three. Paul Tei (the wizard behind Mad Cat Theatre) is directing, so Psychosis promises to be a pretty interesting show, even if the subject matter is a tad dour. Curtain up is at 8 p.m.; tickets cost $25. Call 866-811-4111, or visit www.nakedstage.org.
Thursdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: April 25. Continues through May 18, 2008

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John Linn