MIT Director Jay Scheib in New York Times

Addicted to Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre's 20th Century

In “Addicted to Peter Lorre (That Voice, Those Eyes):

Directed by Jay Scheib, “Addicted to Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre’s 20th Century” is based on the band’s 2007 album of the same title, on Chunksaah Records. The music veers from piano- and guitar-driven rock to tense chamber arrangements, and the lyrics draw from Lorre’s films and Stephen D. Youngkin’s 2005 biography, “The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre.” (“I don’t act, I just make faces,” goes one song.)

But Mr. Scheib, a theater professor at M.I.T. whose multimedia work “This Place Is a Desert” was in Under the Radar two years ago, said the show was not strictly biographical. “It ended up being more about how the band’s live show is influenced by Lorre’s life and times than any kind of a biopic,” he said.

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