Stop the Virgens
St. Ann's Warehouse
Wednesday, October 19
Better than: Your average mass fatality.
There ought to be something lethal at the heart of a rock show, some hurts-so-good death drive that reminds you how glorious it is to live, to breathe, to dance. Karen O's "psycho rock opera" Stop The Virgensplaying at St. Ann's Warehouse through the weekendtakes that fatal impulse seriously. By the piece's end, 40 blood-spattered bodies litter the stage, victims of a sudden and violent plague. Lock up your daughters; post-punk can kill.
This mass demise and its ensuing resurrection are the closest this stylish, vacant show comes to narrative, frustrating the expectations of audience members who took seriously the idea that it would have the dramatic heft of an opera. O and co-creator KK Barrett create a world part Brothers Grimm and part Henry Darger, with a dash of Village of the Damned, but they haven't borrowed any of the plots. More »