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.
“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
"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
"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
"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
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.
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.
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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