Back to Back Theater

As anyone who’s done the classic afternoon walk round Greenlake will tell you, there’s nothing more enticing than an overheard conversation. It’s a shock to realize that everyone from rollerbladers to elderly dog walkers have the same unpredictable and sporadically fascinating inner lives as ourselves. Australian company Back to Back Theater, a collection of six artists each of whom has been diagnosed with “intellectual disabilities,” have created a theatrical piece that similarly caters to our inner voyeur. Small metal objects is a conversation between two invisible men that’s overheard by their audience via headphones. As people mill about SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park, they’re slowly brought into a dialogue about the marginalization of certain people who are “less productive” than others. As the speakers slowly become visible to the audience, a question also emerges: who is invisible to us every day? And what will it take for us to see them? Olympic Sculpture Park, 217-9888, www.ontheboards.org. $24 (tickets in advance only). 7 p.m. Thurs., May 29, 4 & 7 p.m. Fri., May 30-Sun., June 1. JOHN LONGENBAUGH

Thu., May 29, 7 p.m.; May 30-June 1, 4 & 7 p.m., 2008

 
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