See it if Wooster Group's foray into Polish avant-garde theater of 1970's-not for the faint of heart Dense, multimedia extravaganza dazzles & puzzles
Don't see it if Wooster's latest is more cautionary than pro-active; text dictates the action rather than impels it Still if you're a "groupie" much to like
See it if you have an interest in early 20th Century theatrical history &/or experimental productions. The details are fascinating although obscure.
Don't see it if disjointed semiopaque performances distress you.For example I was unsure if the crucifix-like speaker supports were religious or practical
"The Wooster Group is among the most profound sentimentalists working in theater today...Sophisticated digital, video and audio technology is deployed to create a constant, ever-shifting dialogue between the live performers and video sequences...It includes a simple but stunning bit of video trompe-l’oeil. At some point, you’ll probably be able to see photographs or a film of this climactic moment. But believe me, the full magic is in being there."
"There’s none of their customary productive friction with the work here. They’re too philosophically in sync with what’s onscreen, as Kantor is the root from which they’re still drawing sap....Yet it’s still a delight to watch...The video is a superb document of a vanished artist, and for a while it seems best to simply ignore the Woosterian hijinks and watch the TV. But at the end there’s a dessert that’s worth the meal...The performance turns silly and strange and moving."
“The way-way-offbeat presentation is a tribute to Kantor, the groundbreaking Polish director...The players, all clearly versed in Wooster Group acting standards...Though the parts of the play are involving, the most affecting perhaps is the last...Hypnotic...despite an intrinsic challenge to understand what’s happening from minute to minute...Nothing better can be said of the current offering than that it achieves its inspiriting purpose.”
"The Wooster Group pays tribute to artist Tadeusz Kantor in this meditative production haunted by the video ghosts of past and present...A 70-minute multi-media spectacle...As the camera changes angles, the actors change their positions...in sharp swift moves. The dialogue between the recording and the live performance is masterfully timed...The cast’s presence, divided between the screen and the stage, creates an uncanny and exciting, yet alienating sensation."