Will Eno's ("The Realistic Joneses," "The Open House") take on Ibsen's "Peer Gynt" comes to New York for the first time in this new staging at Theatre for a New Audience. More…
From the show:
Peter Gnit, a modern-day version of Ibsen’s heroic character Peer Gynt, is a carefree young man on a reckless search for Experience and the True Self. Armed with tales from his mother of his early greatness and his absent father, he heads out into the world. Like all true stories of human endeavor and adventure, Gnit is part horror story, part fairy tale, and part road movie. A timely reckoning with received notions of Rugged Individualism and the self-made person. Come see how it all turns out.
Packed with Eno’s signature wordplay and wit, Gnit is a sad and funny exploration of the right and the good, and, ultimately, how to live a good life.
See it if You want a truly odd story with very dry humor and an anti hero protagonist. Great acting and staging.
Don't see it if It gets slow at times and is quirky enough to throw you if you don't go with it. If you don't like Will Eno's work don't see it.
See it if you like cerebral theater; Eno's script is filled w zingers/insights. Gnit looks for selfhood all over, but by looking, he's lost it.
Don't see it if you want a tight script, GNIT wanders like its char. The action can get wearing. Still, funny/thought-provoking. Pitfalls of selfishness.
See it if you enjoy a very witty and really funny take on of Peer Gynt or you just want to laugh a lot. Great performances by cast. Good staging.
Don't see it if you are a purist about Ibsen and don't like updated versions, even if you will split your seams laughing.
See it if fan of Eno, or not discovered him yet, want absurdist take on a classic, appreciate cutting hours of run time, see absurdity of seeking self
Don't see it if can't laugh at absurdity, dislike Peer Gynt, hate classics reinterpreted, need a musical, think Brooklyn's 2 far, $12 sandwiches R 2 much
See it if you like interesting ways of meting out justice. Tough love prevails. If there's such a thing as wish fulfillment for cynics, this is it.
Don't see it if you need more sappiness dampening the script’s gunpowder dry wit.
See it if Will Eno's dialogue is as clever as ever but with too few actors playing so many parts it becomes confusing.
Don't see it if you dislike absurdity or are looking for a straight forward play, this will not be for you.
See it if Peer Gynt fable in modern-ish times with deadpan, awkward situations and dry humor: self absorbed men exist, they hurt others, and they suck
Don't see it if Don't fully understand the point of the story. Same actors playing many characters gets a confusing. 2 hours 15 minutes with intermission
See it if Funny, entertaining and off the wall Comedy at the theater for new audience in Brooklyn. If you're just looking to laugh for 2 + hours
Don't see it if You don't enjoy comedies on the level of Monty Python. My first visit to the polonsky Shakespeare theater and was very impressive
See it if into the translation of a classic into the style of a current playwright.
Don't see it if you need clarity; this is both non-sensical and dead-serious, resolved - and not really.
See it if You like absurdist humor and Will Eno's work. You want to see a new take on Peer Gynt.
Don't see it if You don't like absurdist humor. You want the protagonist to be someone you like and care deeply about.
See it if You enjoy: Will Eno's past work; quirky, deadpan humor; the original play, Peer Gynt; you are ok with strange, meandering plot.
Don't see it if You're an Ibsen purist, or if you hate the original play. If you need straightforward plot. If you prefer realism.
See it if You like absurd, deadpan comedy. The show is quite clever and polished, beautifully staged. I'm not sure it will stay with me, though.
Don't see it if You like traditional dramas. By the end Gnit was a bit preachy. But it was so well acted and staged it did not get tiresome.
See it if You like a show that makes you think and you don’t mind having to draw your own meaning from, or if you’re a fan of Will Eno
Don't see it if You don’t like theatre of the absurd or if you only like shows that are straightforward
See it if You appreciate deadpan humor and can follow actors playing multitudes or roles throughout the production.
Don't see it if You would prefer something serious or don’t care for deadpan style humor.
See it if You are up for yet another take on Peer Gynt. This is your play for a strong dose of irony. One could draw parallels to modern life.
Don't see it if You have a limited taste for endless irony and clueless, careless, self absorbed characters careening through life.