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A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique)

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Members say: Ambitious, Absorbing, Great staging, Quirky, Confusing

About the show

The Wooster Group takes on one of the greatest figures in 20th century avant-garde theater: the iconic Polish stage director Tadeusz Kantor (1915-1990). More…

Joining the Group as guide and dramaturge is Kantor’s only daughter, Dorota Krakowska. Together they explore Kantor’s penultimate production, 'I Shall Never Return,' and through it, his lifelong obsession with the myth of the return of Odysseus.


Member Reviews (25)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Absorbing, Great staging, Quirky, Confusing
75
Avg Score

75
Intense, Thought-provoking, Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious

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

70
Quirky, Indulgent, Confusing, Avant garde, Ambitious

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

76
Avant garde, Quirky, Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if A fairground avant garde Circus echoes Polish rehearsal tape unspooling on monitor suspended from telephone pole. Matched in English w/ song

Don't see it if Audience is silent witness to onstage cast of 10 aping rehearsal tape of audience viewing film. Shadowing is tedious, but blended w/ chorus.

Also "Where are the real women, each one defending her man?/Ghosts are real... Read more Read less

85
Quirky, Resonant, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You’re a fan of The Wooster Group or off best work.

Don't see it if If you’re not a fan of Theater of the Absurd.

90
Resonant, Ambitious, Great staging, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if Homage through text, media, screen, & duplicated performances to Polish avantgarde director Tadeusz Kantor, unusual​ candor & texture

Don't see it if avantgarde theater, nonlinear, multiple simultaneous experiences, exquisite performances, stunning singing, staged but non-narrative​.

49
Ambitious, Pretentious, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you know the theatre and actor they are talking about and like extremely confusing staging.

Don't see it if you want a show with narrative structure.

75
Conversation piece, Interesting, Weird avant-garde

See it if You’d like an avant-garde recreation of filmed Tadeusz Kantor rehearsal, under suasion of his daughter Dorota, yearning to recreate spirit.

Don't see it if You dislike theater of absurd, don’t want to learn about Tadeusz Kantor’s Polish work or want only linear, plot- or character-driven plays.

Also “Face to face with the spectator & his indifference,” ... Read more Read less

69
This is the group that willem dafoe is from, but he was not in this production., Thought-provoking, Slow, Quirky

See it if Got a good seat for the Wooster Group's new "experimental" theater piece. Checking that off the "Bucket List."

Don't see it if A play that defies what a play is, actors have pre-recorded their lines that they lip-sync on stage. Video is shown many times throughout.

90
Avant garde ,worth seeing, thought provoking, Ambitious

See it if u like genius. Wooster Group meets the challenge of interpreting Polish actor, creator of happenings, director Kantor. FANTASTIC WORK

Don't see it if You do not like experimental theatre.

Also I felt like i had gone to an exhibit filled with many modern artists w... Read more Read less

81
Profound, Intense, Masterful, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you enjoy alternative avant guard charismatic high art theater with great esthetic and music, with good video projection and sound bites

Don't see it if you are expecting a linear story, throw away your expectations and enjoy this poetic ensemble of talent and re-visit a blast from the past.

Also The Wooster Group pays tribute to late Polish director Tadeusz Kantor.

81
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Dizzying, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a really unique take on the theatrical ode, especially to one of the greats of Polish theater.

Don't see it if You need something linear, more "exciting", or something not quite so downtown.

Also I have to admit, I thought I was going to hate this show - it sounded,... Read more Read less

74
Slow, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if You like shows that unwrap themselves slowly, offering interesting stage images that only gradually make sense.

Don't see it if You want a clear narrative from beginning to end.

For a previous production
45
Pretentious, Unengaging, Incoherent, Experimental, Overrated

See it if you love cutting-edge, performance-art theater. Integration of live action/video. Closing song is highlight, but you're numb by then.

Don't see it if you've little tolerance for wacky, self-indulgent, obscure work. Some visually stunning moments, but nothing engages the heart or the head

Also Lots of fidgeting by audience members in uncomfortable chairs; seventy... Read more Read less

For a previous production
47
Disappointing, Excruciating, Quirky, Overrated

See it if If you like experimental Avant Garde theater . Audio/visual type shows.

Don't see it if If you like a show that starts out somewhere and takes you through a show on a somewhat consistent basis.

For a previous production
15
Confusing, Awful, Avante-garde

See it if You like avant-garde. I have no idea what happened and absolutely don’t care. My worst theatrical experience, and I like experimental works.

Don't see it if You don’t like avante-garde productions.

Also Save for some interesting multi-media I actually would have given it a... Read more Read less

For a previous production
88
Choral, Pictorial, Collaged, Absorbing, Experimental

See it if you love or have an interest in the experimental theater of the 2nd half of the 20th century, or the experimental theater of today.

Don't see it if you have no interest in or curiosity about the avant-garde of the 20th century, or of today.

Also In 1979 acclaimed Polish director Tadeusz Kantor brought his experimen... Read more Read less

For a previous production
69
Ambitious, Avant garde, Great staging

See it if You appreciate avant- garde, absurdist, mixed media performance pieces.

Don't see it if You don’t have an appreciation for avante garde absurdist aesthetic.

For a previous production
63
Ambitious, Great sound design, Indulgent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You like absurdist theater performed by a committed group of actors.

Don't see it if You need a play to make rational sense.

For a previous production
92
Absorbing, Delightful, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you enjoy the work of the Wooster Group

Don't see it if you dislike experimental work, non-linear narratives, or lack of mainstream catharsis.

For a previous production
49
Excruciating, Torturous, Indulgent

See it if Do you like pain but lack dental insurance? This makes root canal look fun, yet will set you back far less coin. Consider yourself warned.

Don't see it if Experimental, avant-garde, absurd, or frame-breaking theatre can work, but this doesn’t. What was Brantley thinking?

Also Disproves my theory that any play that’s 90 (and only 70 here) minutes... Read more Read less

For a previous production
76
Ambitious, Confusing, Edgy

See it if interesting avant garde production

Don't see it if strange and a bit confusing

For a previous production
84
Intense, Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Historical

See it if A love-song to avant-garde pasts, the play oscillates between alienation and absorption, digging into the ghosts of theater.

Don't see it if I'm not sure how much this would mean to someone who isn't already invested in the theater's past.

For a previous production
100
Exquisite, Hilarious, Masterful, Must see, Profound

See it if You like shows that give as much as you put into them.

Don't see it if You only like narrative theatre

Also Miraculous.

For a previous production
92
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if Great acting. Very interesting story. Creeps up on you.

Don't see it if No criticism of show. I guess if you only like musicals, you won't like this play.

For a previous production
90
Absorbing, Dizzying, Riveting, Masterful, Exquisite

See it if a masterfully executed, infinitely engaging docudramatic fantasia/fever dream about the life and work of Tadeusz Kantor is your bag.

Don't see it if you have no interest in experiencing a living, breathing seance that returns the legendary director to us, however brief.


May 10th, 2018
for a previous production "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 trom...
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May 11th, 2018
for a previous production "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...
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May 21st, 2018
for a previous production “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 unde...
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May 25th, 2018
for a previous production "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 a...
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