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Intergalactic action kitsch

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Imagine your children are creating a play — your 12-year-old daughter tells you a new girl has moved in across the street. Can she invite the girl over? Well, of course! So she does. Soon your basement is a theater space; your son has been recruited to shoot video.

Soon the whole neighborhood of kids are creating a show with hand-me-down costumes, props stolen from overflowing garages, and they’re selling tickets to uncles and aunts. Don’t forget the popcorn.

How about kids inventing the idea of interplanetary sexual diversity, the demise of humankind, a last woman on earth — one with world of wrestling warfare karate chops?

Ixion’s latest live production at The Robin Theatre, “Fight Girl Battle World” is all that and more.

Writer Qui Nguyen is responsible for this loose association of ideas, sounding as if they are being invented as the play progresses. Jeff Croff directs this whimsical farce with apparent carelessness, yet while some actors falter, and others stumble, everyone drives the wobbly plot towards an eventual win.

Storm Kopitsch is E-V, our plucky last woman on earth action hero who battles any and all comers, superpowers or not. Kopitsch engages and occupies center stage with due diligence and dramatic flair.

Intelligent aliens from far, far away come and go representing two diverse political perspectives, with references that resonate with audience members.

Chief among a cadre of 10 quirky, galactic characters is her squat mentor Gen. Dan’h Madrin, whose makeup is reminiscent of a hippo with a red beard. Yeehaw! Kudos to Tobin Bates.

Jillian Tosolt is LC-4, an entertaining robot with rolled eyes and acerbic wit, while Leo Poroshin, a villain to behold, is the evil officious Zimick, Commander of G’bril.

“Fight Girl” moves quickly and ends with dazzling fight choreography, which sparks spontaneous applause.

The cast is panting. Choreographer John Lennox is laughing and dancing.

Sadonna Croff does inventive face make up, and Katy Kettles has searched a volume of family closets to create costumes, while Paul Schmidt squeezes in complicated video scenes that advance the story.


"Fight Girl Battle World"

$15

Saturday, March 23, 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 24, 2 p.m.

The Robin Theatre

1105 S. Washington Ave., Lansing

(989) 878-1810

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