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New York | 1h 10m | Already closed

A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique)

From 4 critic and 13 member reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Ambitious, Excruciating, Confusing, Riveting

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)


95
New York Stage Review

“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 understand what’s happening from minute to minute...Nothing better can be said of the current offering than that it achieves its inspiriting purpose.” Full Review

85
The New York Times

"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 trompe-l’oeil. At some point, you’ll probably be able to see photographs or a film of this climactic moment. But believe me, the full magic is in being there." Full Review

85
Theatre is Easy

"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 positions...in sharp swift moves. The dialogue between the recording and the live performance is masterfully timed...The cast’s presence, divided between the screen and the stage, creates an uncanny and exciting, yet alienating sensation." Full Review

80
Time Out New York

"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 it seems best to simply ignore the Woosterian hijinks and watch the TV. But at the end there’s a dessert that’s worth the meal...The performance turns silly and strange and moving." Full Review


92
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.

92
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

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.

84
Enchanting, Intense, Historical, Great singing, Great staging

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.

69
Ambitious, Great staging, Avant garde

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.

63
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Slow, Great sound design

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.

49
Indulgent, Excruciating, Torturous

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

47
Quirky, Disappointing, Excruciating, 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.

45
Overrated, Pretentious, Experimental, Unengaging, Incoherent

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

15
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

100
During previews
Exquisite, Masterful, Must see, Profound, Hilarious

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.

88
During previews
Absorbing, Experimental, Pictorial, Choral, Collaged

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

76
During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Confusing

See it if interesting avant garde production

Don't see it if strange and a bit confusing

90
During previews
Absorbing, Dizzying, Exquisite, Masterful, Riveting

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.


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