Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Brooklyn Academy of Music Takes on SF Genre

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Brooklyn Academy of Music Takes on SF Genre

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Science fiction took a postmodern turn in "Time Rocker," a collaboration by pop star Lou Reed, director Robert Wilson, and writer Darryl Pinckney. The production was presented as a highlight of the popular Next Wave Festival, now in its 15th year at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), where it continues through Dec. 13.

The heroes are Nick and Priscilla, servants accused of murdering their employer, a 19th-century scientist who's missing from his London home. Hopping into a time machine that looks like an oversized fish, they search for Dr. Procopius in nooks and crannies of the past, present, and future around the globe - exploring with their eyes but not their hands, for fear of discombobulating history's natural flow.

"Time Rocker" was billed as an adaptation of H.G. Wells's delicious novel "The Time Machine," which has produced many progeny - including a memorable George Pal movie and a superb Classics Illustrated comic book - since it was published in 1895. …

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