Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Vibrant 'Ideation' Creates Laughs, Chills at Urbanite

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Vibrant 'Ideation' Creates Laughs, Chills at Urbanite

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THEATER REVIEW

The funny, twisted absurdist satire "Ideation" represents just about everything that audiences have come to love and respect about Urbanite Theatre. It's a fast-paced, thought-provoking, mind- warping comedy drama that takes all sorts of twists and turns, often leaving you breathless as you try to keep up.

There are many ways you can try to pigeonhole Aaron Loeb's inventive and disturbing script, with its shades of Camus, Sartre and Beckett. But you don't need to worry about how to classify it while watching a team of business associates try to tackle a seemingly impossible task.

The setting is an office conference room where inspiring and threatening messages -- "Ideas," "Be Productive," "Cutting Edge" -- decorate the walls. A group of confident, hard-charging consultants, are looking at all angles of a project that provokes some disturbing possibilities. Brendan Ragan as the cocky Brock leads a team that includes the almost too-smart Sandeep (played by Gopal Divan) and the more down-to-earth Ted (Tom Foley). They are joined by Summer Dawn Wallace as their supervisor, Hannah, who is constantly worried about her job, and Anthony Gullikson as Scooter, a twerp of a young intern who unwisely thinks he's part of the group. Then again, as the son of a company board member, Scooter may have more power than anyone realizes.

They have to come up with a way to make Project Senna work and limit the number of people who might be aware of it.

"What are we going to do with all those bodies?" Ted asks, which we first think is a joke. Maybe he's referring to just a few casualties? But we quickly realize that this team is preparing to deal with a fatal virus that will kill potentially millions of people in order to protect the rest of humanity.

They discuss the possibility of creating numerous crematoria or dumping bodies at sea, but where are they going to get all the ships and the weights necessary? …

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