Larissa Velez-Jackson's Zapatografia/Shoegraphy at Abrons Arts Center.
There’s a secret to making someone laugh. Relate a scenario that has a seemingly predictable outcome. Then, swerve it at the end. Posited by Kant, refined by Schopenhauer, the incongruity theory of humor suggests a joke is a joke because of just that. Mismatch tickles our funny bone.
This theory may explain my contrasting responses to Larissa Velez-Jackson’s Zapatografia/Shoegraphy at Abrons Arts Center. It often felt like two separate pieces stapled together at the last minute, the line of demarcation jagged and rough. The first part, full of trite wit, left me lukewarm. The second, bursting with surprises, elicited belly laughs.
As the Spanish/English title indicates, this has . . .
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