Visual Art

A Look at SuttonBeresCuller’s To Be Determined at On The Boards

By Adriana Grant September 19, 2011

Photo: Adriana Grant.

SBC’s plane crashes into the seats at On the Boards.

I wanted more SuttonBeresCuller in their performance this past weekend at On the Boards. Artist trio John Sutton, Ben Beres, and Zac Culler masterminded a sprawling variety show with a clown performing Hamlet, traditional Indian dance, and a club kid fueled dance scene, but the standout pieces were sculptures. The performers were sourced from Craigslist, but the sculpture, pure SBC.

Inside the OtB theater, where audiences usually watch avant-garde dance, a near life-size wooden airplane had crashed into a spilling pile of unhinged, dismantled theater seats. The drama was clear: At first glance, those theater seats were airplane seats.

Wander a bit farther and you came across a ’60s-era Airstream trailer, perfectly rendered in wooden slats. Inside, a woman with big blond hair, a drawl, and a penchant for glitter led a makeover station. She held you captive, and applied some theater to your face.

Drinks were carried about, and visitors could descend to the basement where loose-limbed teens twirled light-up hula hoops. But the scene ended up being more of a performance and less the party it wanted to be. It set the tone for all the performances, which seemed disjointed, with no clear intent. To Be Determined would have been stronger with fewer random theater acts, and more smart visual art.

This event ran Sept 15–18; if you missed it, find it on

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