November 2 - 4, Pontine Theatre kicks off it's 35th Performance Season with Going Green the Wong Way, created and performed by California-based performance artist, Kristina Wong. Accommodations are provided by Sheraton Harborside Portsmouth. Performances are Friday 2 November at 8pm, Saturday 3 November at 4pm & at 8pm, and Sunday 4 November at 2pm. Tickets are $24 and may be purchased online at www.pontine.org
. Tickets may also be purchased at the door a half-hour prior to each performance (cash & checks only) based on availability. Pontine's West End Studio Theatre
is located at 959 Islington Street in Portsmouth NH. Contact Pontine for information: 603-436-6660
Kristina Wong riffs on her beloved green movement in her solo satire Going Green the Wong Way Her gallery of characters, from the stoner who sold her a 25-year-old car adapted to burn vegetable oil, to herself as an eleven-year-old performance artist confronting her audience on the glory of "going green" at Herbert Hoover Elementary in San Francisco. She ensnares the nuttiness of bucking the system while maintaining the higher calling to buck the system.
Amidst the detritus of garbage and other clutter, Wong offers a droll account of her attempt to live off the grid by driving a veggie oil–propelled car in L.A. that ended up costing her a fortune in repair bills and eventually self-immolating. The visuals of fire trucks hosing down the wreckage teeters between farce and heartbreak.
This is the same performer who set up a mock online service for Asian mail-order brides, and there's not a word from her lips that doesn't contain a twist of mockery. Her description of the virtues of bus riding makes you want to run for your life from any bus stop.
She's a very funny lone warrior, losing a war of her own making but winning battles of conscience, plucking small victories where she can — such as the money saved by not owning a car, which helps produce shows like this. Her performance is a smart, brazen and raunchy parody of political correctness.
Mother Earth's voice-over is that of a gruff New Yorker. Wong aims to please Mother. And Mother turns out to be quite supportive of Wong's efforts, even when they're patently ludicrous. That's what Mother is for. Wong loves and respects Mother, and is trying to do her bidding. It's just so difficult so much of the time. Mother says that's OK, just keep trying. Her life and ours depend on it.