This celebration of the work of Italian master Luigi Pirandello takes his seminal play, "Six Characters in Search of an Author" and infuses it with characters and themes from two of his notable one-act plays. More…
This modern interpretation weaves together three works that showcase Pirandello’s markedly unique style and his examination of the various personas that people choose to wear or that society forces upon them.
"It’s a mash-up: the brilliant conceit of 'Raison D’Être' is that six characters in this case manage to intrude on two, otherwise unrelated works by Pirandello...A ninety-minute performance that skillfully combines Pirandello’s off-kilter comedy with his puzzling irony and sudden bursts of affecting drama...With great aplomb Linden, Allouche, and the rest of their ill-starred family make it seem entirely reasonable that their misfit Characters belong exactly where they are." Full Review
"Judging by the applause at Theatre 71, this bold stroke succeeded with members of the audience, some of whom were perhaps meeting Pirandello for the first time...The show-stopping moment when the 'six characters' interrupt a rehearsal of 'Chee-Chee,' advancing onto the set from backstage, looking almost as morbidly attired as the Addams Family, was wonderfully executed and memorable...Alas, the cast’s ability was uneven...Some puzzling choices popped up." Full Review
See it if You are interested in theatre history, storytelling, Pirandello, clever staging costumes and movement. Truth
Don't see it if You want a standard play that's been done before
See it if you'd like to see a smart retooling of 3 plays by an Italian precursor of the Absurd into a delightful evening of quirky but engaging drama.
Don't see it if you don't like to think in the theater.
See it if You like Pirandello in a new and interesting light with an excellent translation and a complete artistic vision.
Don't see it if You like something that is light-hearted and without much meaning and doesn't make you think.
See it if you love the way Pirandello makes you think about things you never thought about before: what literature, acting and life mean.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy dialogue-centered drama, or aren't willing to sit through the rather overplayed comic segment.
See it if you are a literate theater maven who enjoys & can debate off-center, avant-garde plays & characters from the like of Beckett, Ionesco;
Don't see it if you're looking for a straightforward, play with an easy to understand storyline & characters; don't like off-beat productions
See it if you'd like to see 3 Pirandello plays that have found an author to put them together into a compelling, insightful evening of absurdist drama
Don't see it if you don't like absurdist or meta-theatre; you need high production values [tho it's wonderful to see what this co. does with a small budget]
See it if you like rich metafiction without the pandering of metatheater. 4th wall happily intact.
Don't see it if Uneven cast tethers a script that could fly. Some subtle & commanding performances, but some others are tiresome or so-so.
See it if You are interested in classical plays shown in new ways, great costumes and acting. Well worth a trip to the UWS.
Don't see it if You aren't interested in Pirendello or are looking for a fully staged spectacle.
See it if you'd enjoy seeing 3 shorties by Luigi Pirandello remixed with minimal staging; if you're OK with comedy mixed with deep sadness + farce;
Don't see it if if you need a big budget show; if Pirandello is not your thing; if you like musicals; if you prefer a linear narrative played to the end
See it if I don't think I get the real message the writer tried to deliver. Maybe it doesn't matter... Although the acting was good, it was confusing
Don't see it if You prefer something lighter or meaningful.
See it if you enjoy Pirandello and any of these plays. The company gives it a good try and succeeds about half the time.
Don't see it if you mind these plays being fractured and put together. Each of them is diminished. The performers are game and in some cases, skillful.
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