It’d be fair to say that “The Method Gun” is one of the shining highlights of Austin-made theater to come along in — well, to this critic, one of the most brilliant moments of Austin-made theater ever.
Ostensibly “The Method Gun” is about the how the fervernt followers of actor-training guru Stella Burden still struggle to with their nine-years-in-the-making production of “A Street Car Named Desire,” performed without any of the major characters.
In the wake of Burden’s mysterious disappearnce on trip to South America, the theater troupe struggles to find the secrets behind Burden’s training technique known The Approach — also referred to as “the most dangerous acting technique in the world” thanks to its risk-based rituals that infuse even the smallest role with sex, death and violence.
Essentially, though, “The Method Gun” is a stunning, sweetly absurd, often hilarious and ultimately thoughtful exploration of the creative process — a theaterical valentine to art-making
“The Method Gun,” written by Kirk Lynn and produced collaboratively by the Rudes, opened the Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center in 2008. And since then has gone on to tour nationally and to Australia, netting kudos and awards.
Now, UT’s department of theater is giving the Rudes the opportunity to remount “The Method Gun.”
Shows run 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10-13 and 2 p.m. Sept. 13-14 at UT’s McCullough Theater.
For ticket information: texasperformingarts.org/event/method-gun-ut-austin-theatre-dance
And yes “The Method Gun” contains adult content, including full frontal male nudity.