Brian Rogers' redevelop (Death Valley) at Chocolate Factory and Doug Varone's Alchemy at Joyce Theater.http://www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/blog/performance/alchemy-and-ghosts/677/
There are rituals, or their trappings, that accrue to structure daily life. Tea sets are stacked like a house of cards. A convivial dinner eaten far upstage, including its slowly intensifying savory aroma, becomes the finale, accompanied by a song by Rogers in the audience. Time passes and the layers peel away, moving upstage. The performance, like time, dissolves, evoking a wistful, tragic feel, like the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Water drips through leaks in the roof, and a newly-revealed peek onto the street outside is the ultimate set piece—a pitch-perfect, surreal dose of reality. The production is put together superbly with impeccable lighting by Chloe Brown and keen consideration of every element.