by Philip Ridley
directed by Scott Elliott
The New Group, August 5, 2015 — September 27, 2015.
In a society ravaged by warring gangs and a hallucinogenic-drug epidemic, Elliot and Darren, under the sway of the ruthless Spinx, throw parties for rich clients in abandoned apartment buildings - parties that help guests act out their darkest, most sinister fantasies. As the teenage brothers prepare for the latest festivities, some unexpected guests threaten the balance of the world they have created in the midst of this dystopian nightmare. Hailed as a “savage and utterly gripping drama” by Ben Brantley, Philip Ridley’s Mercury Fur is a terrifying, yet tender, look at just how far people will go to protect those they love the most.
When Philip Ridley was a child he suffered from severe asthma. When he wasn’t in the hospital, he was often kept at home. Alone in his bedroom, in a tower block in London’s East End, he would draw pictures and write stories, make up poems and sing songs. He would disappear into a world of his own making....
Even those who binge on apocalyptic splatter movies are going to be rattled by “Mercury Fur,” Philip Ridley’s pitch-dark portrait of the day after tomorrow in the big city. Granted, this blistering production from the New Group, which opened on Wednesday night at the Pershing Square Signature Center, doesn’t have the big-screen special effects associated with cinematic gore fests about the end of the world.