Is contemporary theater a form of escapism, or is it a complex way to confront the problems in our lives? This is but one of the philosophical questions that underscore Peter Welch's 'Autumn Stage.' Taking place on an abandoned summer stage in early fall, the play explores how theater can serve as a palace or a prison.
"The script is billed as an 'existentialist comedy about three spiritually disconnected people.' That’s an accurate description, suggesting that this is a play of ideas. Unfortunately there are so many that it becomes, at times, a confusing mess...All three actors bring welcome touches of reality to this fever dream of a night...By the end, the script comes off as a pint-sized 'No Exit.' It is hard to take cosmic concerns seriously through the prism of theater." Full Review
See it if You're looking for something different, really different, and bizarre, really bizarre, yet at the same time coherent enough to follow.
Don't see it if You only like linear storytelling,and/or have problems with plays that break the fourth wall
See it if If you like Ionesco or other absurdist comedy. If you don't like linear story telling and don't mind breaking the 4th wall.
Don't see it if You are confused by quirky comedy that has no set storyline. If you are bothered by weapons onstage or if you are interested in story.
See it if You like to ponder about the "meaning of theater". You can appreciate a good concept even when it isn't well executed.
Don't see it if You don't like being lectured and would prefer to learn by watching good storytelling.
See it if You want to see a show with an interesting grain of an idea with some potential that poses questions directly rather than revealing them.
Don't see it if You want a fully realized show that achieves what it attempts or likable/relatable characters.
See it if A great concept is all you need to be happy. This does have an interesting meta idea as its framework.
Don't see it if You have a need for writing that sounds like actual people talking, and action that makes any sense. The actors don't rise above the script.
See it if You want to see a play in progress. If you're an actor/writer who wants to watch and learn what works, and unfortunately what doesn't.
Don't see it if You're looking for a polished, linear story.
See it if You like to see inventive work that doesn't always make sense, but still holds your attention nevertheless.
Don't see it if You need to be spoon fed all of a play's themes and actions.
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