Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: Adapted from a letter Kafka wrote to his dad, this solo drama is a blistering dissection of domestic authority, and a visit with one of the architects of the modern psyche. More…
At the age of 36, Franz Kafka was still living at home, a petty bureaucrat, a failed artist, a timid Jewish son. Ruling and ruining his life was his overbearing father, Hermann. What to do? Kafka wrote a 50-page letter to his dad in which he reveals deep connections between his life and his fiction.
See it if You have a burning desire to see one mans version of what Kafka’s childhood was like.
Don't see it if You feel like you’ve got a good idea of what Kafka’s childhood was like from what you already know about him. Yeah, it’s just like that.
See it if You are very familiar with Kafka. You enjoy the letter-reading play format. You want a terrific performance & striking staging.
Don't see it if You have little-no familiarity w/Kafka. This is the advanced class: there's an assumed context for the letter & it won't be explained.
See it if you’re up for a solid performance and super writing on the lifelong effects a dismissive parent can have on a person. Very sobering show.
Don't see it if you’re not going to side with Kafka (duh); you can’t watch a weak, terrified, vulnerable man without blaming him for his own diffidence.
See it if you are a Kafka fan or are interested in dysfunctional family relationships, specifically, father & son, especially with famous fathers.
Don't see it if you do not like one-man shows, do not enjoy unusual staging or prefer light and happy family stories.
See it if you are interested in learning about Kafka and his family background. If you like experimental theater or one man shows.
Don't see it if you don't want to have to concentrate too much. Despite this being just about 1 hour, I felt my attention lag at times. It felt longer.
See it if This dark and emotional piece should resonate with anyone who has had or has witnessed a difficult father/son relationship.
Don't see it if The painful clash of fathers and sons is more than you can bear.
See it if Powerful, compelling solo tour de force showing the descent into madness. Stark, symbolic staging. Best to know something about Kafka.
Don't see it if Looking for laffs? Want something feel-good? You've come to the wrong place.
See it if you want to see a stellar solo performance in an intelligent, simple production. No Kafka knowledge needed.
Don't see it if you have no interest in dysfunctional family dynamics; solo shows bore you; you need a linear plot.
See it if You enjoy wonderful wording and excellent acting. Very relevant.
Don't see it if You cannot sit and listen and follow— if you like mindless and predictable Broadway musical plays.
See it if you can't get enough of dysfunctional relationships onstage, esp a son recounting how his emotionally distant father damaged him.
Don't see it if you're tired of dysfunctional father-son plays, esp when we're given no reason to care abt the main character other than we know it's Kafka
See it if You want a tedious well acted one man show.
Don't see it if You are not enthralled to hear details of a painful and rather uninteresting childhood.
See it if you're in the mood for a dark and twisted family dynamic, a compelling and often unreliable narrator, a meandering narrative, & a spare set.
Don't see it if you want a more traditional play with multiple roles, external rather than internal conflict, and a clear plot.
See it if You want to see a fine performance and an imaginative staging of a great literary work. The final image is haunting and perfectly realized.
Don't see it if You have little affinity for one person shows or new, dramatic renditions of classic work.
See it if you enjoy dramatic performances, want to be entertained. this show is excellent and should be seen by as many people as possible.
Don't see it if you do not like drama
See it if you are interested in some of the timeless aspects of father-son relationships and have the patience for well-delivered 70 minute monologues
Don't see it if you have particular interest in Kafka beyond the Letter to His Father or have a hard time maintaining focus through long monologue
See it if you are curious about the mind of Kafka (1883-1924), and fascinated by psychological ramifications of the child-parent relationship
Don't see it if you're looking for an entertaining story line or don't care for intense psychological exploration, the unguarded display of a tortured soul
See it if You like embodied authentic acting and epic conflict enacted on stage. Kafka and Son got me thinking deeply about my own relationships.
Don't see it if You're put off by one-person shows, even if in this case the solo format is completely warranted.
See it if you like in depth psychological dialogue, presented in the style of naturalistic real life characters, with clever staging and lighting
Don't see it if you just want some light amusement and a few laughs
See it if You're intrigued by your father or son. It is black feathers scattered and rescattered; fragmented memories longing to find their light.
Don't see it if you prefer more conventional theatre or have no imagination!