Now that I've actually seen it, I can recommend Cipher on more than the merits of Kip Fagan and his lovely (although, I think, shorter now) hair. This is a beautiful, strange, interesting, engaging, sweet, mysterious play, and especially for ten bucks, you shouldn't miss it.
The play, by Cory Hinkle, treads familiar dystopian near-future territory, but that's no more reason to complain than when some other playwright treads familiar troubled-family-in-a-livingroom territory, and maybe even less. This is a specific and well-imagined world, and I enjoyed discovering it bit by bit. (I wonder how the first twenty minutes played for anyone who hadn't read the SPF blurb - probably less clearly, but possibly even more interestingly.) The language of this play, both in words and physical vocabulary, is wonderfully specific and well-crafted. (I need synonyms for "specific" here.) Special credit in creating the world is due to Leah Gelpe's sound design, which was rich and creepy and awesome. Most of the acting was pretty close to stellar - Adam Driver, whom I've seen do perfectly good work in readings and workshoppy things, gave a riveting performance, full of sadness and longing and all sorts of other incredibly good things. Mandy Sigfried, whom I'd never seen before, was also fantastic. She also plays a mean xylophone. (Creepy and beautiful memory songs by Jared Hinkle.)
That's a lot of adjectives up there. I'm trying to avoid plot points because so much of the pleasure of this show is the way it slowly opens itself up. So let's summarize - Cipher, at SPF, playing through Sunday:
lovely, beautiful, strange, interesting, engaging, sweet, mysterious, familiar, dystopian, specific, well-imagined, well-crafted, rich, creepy, awesome, pretty close to stellar, riveting, good, fantastic, mean.
This is by no means a perfect play nor a perfect production, but I still think you should see it. And maybe don't read the blurb first, and see how that goes.