Three acts, three hours, so many Simpsons stories. Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play by Anne Washburn transports viewers to an electricity-less, apocalyptic future, where survivors entertain themselves by recounting Simpsons episodes à la Fahrenheit 451. The play, a riff on the 1993 episode “Cape Feare,” explores the relationship between storytelling and memory; stories told in Act 3 vaguely resemble earlier versions. “That’s what happens to our pop culture; pop culture becomes myth,” director Troy Heard says. “In a sense, it’s like a big, twisted game of telephone.”
Though die-hard fandom isn’t necessary to appreciate the play, it helps. Test your knowledge.
1. What is Bart Simpson’s full name?
2. How many eyebrows did Maggie’s nemesis have?
3. Did Mrs. Krabappel ever kiss Principal Skinner with tongue?
4. What did Jebediah Springfield set out to find when he created Springfield?
b. New Sodom
c. His lost guinea pig, Jamal
d. America’s Next Top Model
5. What is the first episode’s name?
a. “The Crepes of Wrath”
b. “Moaning Lisa”
c. “Homer alone”
d. “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”
Answers: 1. Bartholomew JoJo “Bart” Simpson; 2. a; 3. Trick question! We don’t know—but in researching we discovered that there’s such a thing as Simpsons fanfic erotica; 4. b; 5. d.
Miss a couple? Don’t have a cow, man. Heard scored three out of five.
Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play April 24-May 10; Thursday & Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.; $12-$20. Art Square Theatre, cockroachtheatre.com.