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Raison d'Etre: An Evening of Pirandello

5 Members say: Clever, Absorbing, Quirky, Great costumes, Great acting
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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.



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"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


90
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Profound, Great staging

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.

85
Well-acted, Great costuming, One-third comic, Two-thirds profound, Strong drama

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.

80
Absorbing, Clever, 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]

Also Note: Hang out in the small hallway in the lobby just before the show ... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You like to see thought provoking, original productions.

Don't see it if You just want to see "run of the mill" plays where you do not like to think.

Also Although the set design was minimal, the actors gave great performance... Read more Read less

78
Clever, Quirky, Pirandello remix, Clever steampunk costumes, Imaginative hats

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

Also In "The Man with a Flower in His Mouth" [L'uomo dal fiore in bocca] th... Read more Read less


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