Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Each act of Insignificance, a play set in one hotel room and featuring four icons of their field, opens with David Bowie's final single before his death, Lazarus. No previous production of Insignificance - which debuted at London's Royal Court in 1982 - can have opened with this music, and so the significance of its use by director Kate Wasserberg is interesting.
Apart from the song being a beautiful, melancholy composition by one of the greatest songwriters of all time, Lazarus's lyrics are highly appropriate for the characters in the play: "Look up here, I'm in heaven/ I've got scars that can't be seen/ I've got drama can't be stolen/ Everybody knows me now." The perfect choice by Wasserberg, written and performed by another towering icon in his field, now sadly lost to the world.