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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Confusing, Experimental

45
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

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

47
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.

49
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


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 positions...in sharp swift moves. The dialogue between the recording a...
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