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Kafka's The Trial

From 2 critic and 6 member reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Slow

About the show

Sextant Productions presents this stage adaptation of Kafka's classic novel, a strange, comic, and poignant tale of one man’s absurd quest to be given the rights of a citizen and afforded the dignity of a human being.  More…

A man is arrested by an unidentified authority for an unnamed crime. Joseph K is constantly harassed, persecuted and punished. He tries to make sense of his circumstances but finds no assurances, no relief. His appeals are squashed. He is forced not only to find his way out of a cruel labyrinth that offers no clues for escape but also to assess his own responsibility for what unfolds.



80
BroadwayWorld

"The intimate show adapted by Andrew Visnevski is brilliantly done with a talented cast of five luring the crowd into a dubious and unnerving world...Incorporates both historical anxieties of a shattered civilization to today's own bureaucracy fears...With a mix of humor and tragedy, 'The Trial' is a promising show that like the novel, sends the audience into a dark, unknown territory that is both captivating and terrifying." Full Review

60
New York Theatre Wire

"Josef's descent into the irrational underworld of power is told scene by scene -- grotesque, satirical, pathetic, and fantastic until his inevitable demise...Visnevski's adaptation is economical and theatrical...Dense script...Lee directed the work so 'eerily relevant to our own turbulent moment' and shares with the ensemble of actors...Perceptive works of art, such as Kafka's writing, endure beyond the transient and fashionable." Full Review


80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you want to see really talented actors and if you like theater that makes you think.

Don't see it if you want to see something lighthearted. While there are humorous moments, this is a heavy play.

75
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant, Slow

See it if Well adapted from Kafka classic albeit a little truncated Minimal staging adds to sense of dread Anchored by a spot-on performance by Dagger

Don't see it if Not as chilling as needed yet the times we live in seem to have caught up with Kafka's Joseph K Bureaucracy is now something to be endured

73
Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like clever adaptations from novels or have an interest in Kafka, want to see the work of a new company, enjoy harrowing tales

Don't see it if you have no interest in Kafka or his bleak take on society's manipulation of its people, don't care about a new company testing its wings

69
Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if If you like Kafka then it is worth seeing but not really great. New theater company so may be shaking bugs out.

Don't see it if A very so-so production, could have been better directed and put forth better.

57
Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Slow, Uneven

See it if You want to support a new company adapting a classic novel into a play, no frills and mixed levels of expertise

Don't see it if You like polished performance and strong acting presences

74
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You like classics that have modern day relevance. The play is a warning of what can happen if complacency becomes commonplace.

Don't see it if The acting skills of the actors varied. Some performers were quite good and others were less skilled.


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