Already closed | 1h 10m | Soho/Tribeca

A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique)

From 13 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Confusing, Experimental

About the show

The Wooster Group takes on one of the greatest figures in 20th century avant-garde theater: the iconic Polish stage director Tadeusz Kantor (1915-1990). More…

Joining the Group as guide and dramaturge is Kantor’s only daughter, Dorota Krakowska. Together they explore Kantor’s penultimate production, 'I Shall Never Return,' and through it, his lifelong obsession with the myth of the return of Odysseus.

1h 10m | Already closed | The Performing Garage (Soho/Tribeca)

Member Reviews (13)


Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Confusing, Experimental
Avg Score

Pretentious, Unengaging, Incoherent, Experimental, Overrated

See it if you love cutting-edge, performance-art theater. Integration of live action/video. Closing song is highlight, but you're numb by then.

Don't see it if you've little tolerance for wacky, self-indulgent, obscure work. Some visually stunning moments, but nothing engages the heart or the head

Also Lots of fidgeting by audience members in uncomfortable chairs; seventy... Read more Read less

Confusing, Awful, Avante-garde

See it if You like avant-garde. I have no idea what happened and absolutely don’t care. My worst theatrical experience, and I like experimental works.

Don't see it if You don’t like avante-garde productions.

Also Save for some interesting multi-media I actually would have given it a... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Excruciating, Quirky, Overrated

See it if If you like experimental Avant Garde theater . Audio/visual type shows.

Don't see it if If you like a show that starts out somewhere and takes you through a show on a somewhat consistent basis.

Ambitious, Avant garde, Great staging

See it if You appreciate avant- garde, absurdist, mixed media performance pieces.

Don't see it if You don’t have an appreciation for avante garde absurdist aesthetic.

Ambitious, Great sound design, Indulgent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You like absurdist theater performed by a committed group of actors.

Don't see it if You need a play to make rational sense.

Absorbing, Delightful, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you enjoy the work of the Wooster Group

Don't see it if you dislike experimental work, non-linear narratives, or lack of mainstream catharsis.

Excruciating, Torturous, Indulgent

See it if Do you like pain but lack dental insurance? This makes root canal look fun, yet will set you back far less coin. Consider yourself warned.

Don't see it if Experimental, avant-garde, absurd, or frame-breaking theatre can work, but this doesn’t. What was Brantley thinking?

Also Disproves my theory that any play that’s 90 (and only 70 here) minutes... Read more Read less

Intense, Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Historical

See it if A love-song to avant-garde pasts, the play oscillates between alienation and absorption, digging into the ghosts of theater.

Don't see it if I'm not sure how much this would mean to someone who isn't already invested in the theater's past.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if Great acting. Very interesting story. Creeps up on you.

Don't see it if No criticism of show. I guess if you only like musicals, you won't like this play.

During previews
Choral, Pictorial, Collaged, Absorbing, Experimental

See it if you love or have an interest in the experimental theater of the 2nd half of the 20th century, or the experimental theater of today.

Don't see it if you have no interest in or curiosity about the avant-garde of the 20th century, or of today.

Also In 1979 acclaimed Polish director Tadeusz Kantor brought his experimen... Read more Read less

During previews
Exquisite, Hilarious, Masterful, Must see, Profound

See it if You like shows that give as much as you put into them.

Don't see it if You only like narrative theatre

Also Miraculous.

During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Edgy

See it if interesting avant garde production

Don't see it if strange and a bit confusing

During previews
Absorbing, Dizzying, Riveting, Masterful, Exquisite

See it if a masterfully executed, infinitely engaging docudramatic fantasia/fever dream about the life and work of Tadeusz Kantor is your bag.

Don't see it if you have no interest in experiencing a living, breathing seance that returns the legendary director to us, however brief.

May 10th, 2018
"The Wooster Group is among the most profound sentimentalists working in theater today...Sophisticated digital, video and audio technology is deployed to create a constant, ever-shifting dialogue between the live performers and video sequences...It includes a simple but stunning bit of video trom...
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May 11th, 2018
"There’s none of their customary productive friction with the work here. They’re too philosophically in sync with what’s onscreen, as Kantor is the root from which they’re still drawing sap....Yet it’s still a delight to watch...The video is a superb document of a vanished artist, and for a while...
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May 21st, 2018
“The way-way-offbeat presentation is a tribute to Kantor, the groundbreaking Polish director...The players, all clearly versed in Wooster Group acting standards...Though the parts of the play are involving, the most affecting perhaps is the last...Hypnotic...despite an intrinsic challenge to unde...
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May 25th, 2018
"The Wooster Group pays tribute to artist Tadeusz Kantor in this meditative production haunted by the video ghosts of past and present...A 70-minute multi-media spectacle...As the camera changes angles, the actors change their sharp swift moves. The dialogue between the recording a...
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