Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

20 years of exaggerating.(Journal North Venue)

Byline: Joseph Ditzler Of the Journal

Theater Grottesco's marriage with the Center for Contemporary Arts means the group has a home of its own

Life's been tough for Theater Grottesco, Santa Fe's durable but unconventional theater troupe, but it's survived 20 years in a realm where a season can be a lifetime.

"So we're 20 years old and we're not out of business, but we're not an institution," said artistic director and founding member John Flax recently.

"When a company is 10 years old, they're either out of business or an institution," he said, quoting a Parisian theater director and friend of his. "Neither are good things."

The good news for Grottesco is twofold. One, after six years in Santa Fe, many of them at the Santa Fe Playhouse, the troupe has a home of its own. It has an affiliation, reached in February, with the Center for Contemporary Arts for 20 weeks in a performance space. …

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