TFANA presents the New York premiere of "The Prisoner," a provocative examination of law and justice, punishment and redemption from Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne. More…
A man sits alone outside a prison. Who is he? What is he doing there? Is he free? Or is he the prisoner?
See it if you’d like to see a primal fable, as complex as all humanity, simply, affectingly enacted.
Don't see it if you know from experience that extremely simple theatrical means fail to engage you.
See it if You love the innovative spirit of Peter Brook, whose fingerprints are all over this. Great acting with precise physical work from the cast.
Don't see it if You need a complicated nuanced story: The direction and acting are both terrific, but if you also need great acting, well, the story is thin
See it if If you admire Peter Brook and appreciate his aesthetic, love metaphor and don't mind periods of static staging or anodyne philosophy.
Don't see it if You hate Peter Brook, like realistic sets and traditional dramatic structure and plays that involve explicit characters and conflict.
See it if Peter Brook story-telling at its most minimal and fable-like. Meditative and a calm unfolding. Solid cast and thoughtful story.
Don't see it if No magic, no pulse. Ideas and suggestions but no passion. Not hypnotic but sleep inducing. Not recommended.
See it if Because late work can surprise or reveal even if not conquer your heart or head -Brook and the cast have earned it.
Don't see it if You need word and especially action with a clear purpose.
See it if You like theater that challenges your intellect, that you have to chew on for a few days after
Don't see it if You want to be entertained, you don't want to pay very close attention for 75 minutes, you want the points to be immediately obvious
See it if you enjoy different type of theater, and f you are a fan of Peter Brook's direction. Based on an actual event. I found it mesmerizing.
Don't see it if you like big productions.
See it if You want to see a very simple story about justice and punishment
Don't see it if You expect much of anything in the way of staging. Very simplistic dialogue
See it if you appreciate theatre that immerses you into it's environment and world
Don't see it if you want a show that engages you, it's a very slow show with little dialogue
See it if You enjoy non-traditional and diverse casts who take up roles that are not stereotyped or cliched.
Don't see it if If you want anything like a cohesive narrative. Some elements of the plot are gratuitous and P. Brooks can't write convincing, 3D women.
See it if I honestly can’t think of a reason. The acting is decent but there is no material to speak of. Staging is decent but not a masterpiece
Don't see it if You are a discerning theatergoer. It tries to overwhelm you with its self importance to distract you from its utter lack of...well..anything
See it if stagecraft holds more importance than plot. Directorially, Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne conjure up magic on this fairly bare stage.
Don't see it if you simply refuse to tolerate a plot in which incest between a father and daughter is presented as a love defying cultural norms. WTF!
See it if You appreciate a masterful play presented as a thought provoking allegory. Great acting and unusual staging adds meaning to presentation.
Don't see it if You don’t appreciate serious and uncomfortable thought provoking issues.