Brief Chronicle Books 6-8
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This new work offers a queer ghost story about constructing identities out of the places, people, and objects we wish we could possess.

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Critic Reviews (6)

June 2nd, 2019

“In ‘Brief Chronicle, Books 6-8,’ the erosion of personal connections is conflated with the climate apocalypse. Weeping can become a world-ending storm; a romance turns on whether you should you lead baby turtles towards the sea...Dialogue flies off in all directions, following only poetic logic...Noh’s use of masks informs the way Borinsky and...Heagerty play with the actors’ gender expression...The production is simultaneously joyful and devastated.”
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June 5th, 2019

“A conscience-rocking queer play that constructs identities out of the places, people, and objects we wish we could possess. Absurd, engaging and frequently flat-out surprising, ‘Brief Chronicle, Books 6-8’ is a tasty mouthful of downtown theater. Genders bend, time warps, roles reverse and sobriety teeters in this contemporary and contemplative ghost story from the expansive imagination of playwright Alex Borinsky and director Augustus Heagerty.”
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June 3rd, 2019

"That 'Brief Chronicle,' which runs a brief sixty minutes, never really becomes engaging is due to its scattershot construction, flat-affect presentation, and flourishes that seem to echo an earlier avant-garde age...'Brief Chronicle' has moments when the writing acquires a specificity, even a ferocity, that grabs one's attention...Borinsky seems to be reaching for a state-of-the-nation play, but, in addition to the deficit of meaningful action, the script overall lacks color and imagination."
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June 4th, 2019

“There is more rumination rather than actual plot...The stylized dialogue strives for and succeeds at that desired wry tone with its non sequiturs and mélange of jokiness and emotionality. The artifice of it all is distancing and so nothing is really compelling...For this production we get a youthful cast playing roles opposite their presumed genders with skillful exaggeration...Heagerty’s direction is of accomplished simplicity with some presentational flourishes.”
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June 3rd, 2019

"Has intrigue and high concept aplenty, with a script lauded as one of the next big things in non-traditional, semi-post-dramatic performance. Navigating this play is an exercise in learning to be comfortable with discomfort...It does not grant the audience the satisfaction that they are conditioned to anticipate from narrative performance...Not for everyone and may not resonate with all aesthetics. But it accomplishes cleverly what it sets out to do."
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June 5th, 2019

“The characters don’t connect much with each other...The appendix claims to provide some final clarity, but it does not live up to its promise...Every line and every motion seems awkward and disjointed and perhaps that’s how it’s supposed to be...What ultimately makes the show worth going is just being able to add ‘queer ghost story’ to the list of show genres you’ve seen, and watching a comically ridiculous knockoff of a Mexican folk dance.”
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