Rob Mersola’s “Dirty Filthy Love Story” is a world premiere from Rogue Machine that follows hard on the heels of the company’s 2011 hit, “Small Engine Repair,” slated for an off-Broadway opening in 2013.
Rogue Machine deserves high praise for scouting out edgy world premieres -- and certainly, “Filthy” is so stratospherically over-the-top that it goes into orbit.
The center of Mersola’s vertiginously revolving cosmos is Ashley Floerchinger (Jennifer Pollono, in a delightfully galumphing turn), a secret hoarder whose neighbor, Benny Steets (flamboyantly exasperated Burl Moseley) is down on his luck and desperate to sell his house -- not so easy with a “crazy trash lady” next door. When Benny hires Halbert Shint (comically slack-jawed Joshua Bitton), to remove the detritus, lonely Ashley and lovelorn Hal click in ways that only the truly deranged can.
To say much about David Mauer and Hazel Kuang’s remarkable scenic design would be a spoiler, but their splendid set is as full of surprises as are these fractured, funny characters. Leigh Allen’s lighting and Christopher Moscatiello’s sound are also first-rate.