Depicting actor Sasha Andreev in the role of Jake
When their bicycle is stolen three young anarchists hammer through Minneapolis in a fast-paced comedy of destruction, fighting mercenaries, city council, and nefarious corporations in their relentless quest to create a city-wide bicycle collective. With a score of local punk music and an ascerbic wit, 10-Speed Revolution is the urban world at its violent, dangerous, and vulgar best.
10-Speed Revolution was produced in August 2005 at the Brave New Workshop and the Bryant-Lake Bowl. It was written by John Heimbuch, directed by Amy Rummenie, and featured the performing talents of Sasha Andreev, Joe Bombard, Sheila Franklin, and Josh Larson.
Pioneer Press' Twincities.com
Posted on Sat, Aug. 06, 2005
by Amy Carlson Gustafson
When a bike shared by a trio of punks is stolen, you can bet your turntable that the "establishment" is to blame. On a quest to take down the evil bicycle-lock industry, the self-righteous threesome hijacks Radio K's airwaves, tangles with the cops and battles "manic" bike couriers in an awesome karate-esque punk-rock fight. With references to 'zines, Nietzsche and vegans ó plus a plethora of expletives ó playwright John Heimbuch's witty script is loaded with sly observations. (A cop tortures one anarchist by mentioning his fondness for a Ramones cell phone ring tone.) The show, which features songs by local bands the Soviettes, Suicide Commandos and Dillinger Four, could stand to shave about 10 minutes off the ending. But, hey, that's just the establishment talking.
"Bicycles, Closets, and Bears, Oh My!"
ON THE TOWNSEND By John Townsend
If you think punk rock and the anarchist credo arenít your thing, thatís perfectly understandable. But if youíre too prejudiced, youíll miss out on an unexpectedly intelligent and excellent adventure if you donít pedal over to Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater to catch Walking Shadow Companyís 10-SpeedRevolution. A bike theft triggers an anarchist uprising, throwing three punk cyclists into a tailspin. This show was a hot ticket at the recent Fringe Fest.
What an ear playwright John Heimbuch has for the high-octane rhetoric of the punk-anarchist subset! Whatís more, Heimbuch takes that heretical rhetoric, and shapes it into unpredictable clashes of wills electrically charged by actors Sheila Franklin, Sasha Andreev, and Joe Bombard, and crisply directed by Amy Rummenie. Additional dialogue from Sam Rodgers and the company enhances a play that recalls the rawer and more jolting work of Sam Shepard.
Brace yourself for such outlandish absurdities as WMDs in private households, jokes about vegetarianism that actually are witty, various gooney turns by actor Josh Larson, and role-playing between cops and detainees. But the setting isnít Guantanamo. Itís Minneapolis!