Part environmental theater fantasy and part sound and light spectacle, "Most Wanted" finds the predictably provocative Collage Dance Theatre exploring ideas about regimentation, freedom and escape at the historic, abandoned Lincoln Heights Jail in East Los Angeles.
After thumb-printing and wrist-banding her audience members like inmates, director Heidi Duckler divides them into subgroups and marches them off to different cellblocks under the supervision of LAPD look-alikes. This experience alone might be memorable in such a huge, dark concrete cave, barred in every direction. However, at the Friday premiere, it took awhile before the spectators settled down and took advantage of their right to remain silent.
Soon, however, the events staged in sites within the site make their effect. A sequence titled 'The Cage" juxtaposes fear of imprisonment with memories of life outside by showing dancers desperately climbing the bars of a narrow corridor while, nearby, a romantic dinner for two turns murderous.
In "Insecurity Station," a jail guard played by John Pleshette becomes as trapped and helpless as any inmate, interrogated by two blandly threatening figures on video monitors--both also played by Pleshette.