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Raison d'Etre: An Evening of Pirandello
Upper W Side
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Raison d'Etre: An Evening of Pirandello NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(16 Reviews)
Positive
88%
Mixed
12%
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Members say
Clever, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Quirky, Entertaining

About the Show

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.

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80
Clever, Absorbing, Quirky, Great costumes

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] Read more

90
Funny, Smart, Well played, Well staged, Beautifully costumed

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. Read more

Critic Reviews (2)

L
September 25th, 2018

"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."
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P
September 23rd, 2018

"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."
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