BAM presents the U.S. premiere of Peter Brook's adaptation of the Sanskrit epic 'The Mahabharata,' about a King's struggle to rule in a post-civil war society. Part of BAM's 2016 Next Wave Festival. More…
Thirty years after his legendary sunset-to-sunrise production of 'The Mahabharata' consecrated the BAM Harvey stage, legendary director Peter Brook returns with 'Battlefield,' a distillation of the central story in the ancient Sanskrit poem. In the wake of an apocalyptic civil war, a remorseful King Yudishtira—his hands still bloodied from the carnage—desperately seeks some just way to rule over murderers and victims alike. Silk scarves become rivers and shrouds; four actors are reincarnated as worms and eagles, victims, and perpetrators; and a single instrumentalist scores the bleak peace of oblivion, giving haunting new life to this staggering Indian epic.
See it if You're Brook fan, never seen the original, like to explore huge moral issues via an Indian folktale with a few stunning stage images
Don't see it if You expect an action-packed look at aftermath of a cataclysmic war or extensive use of Indian theatre techniques. Don't like dry allegories
See it if you want to see a production by the legendary Peter Brook. While I enjoyed the first half, the second half kind of lost its focus.
Don't see it if you are easily bored by the occasional long, droning speech. This work is still so relevant to today–I'd give it a chance.
See it if for an exploration by a theatrical genius of conflict and its effects on humans. Brook is a rare bird and deserves his devoted audience.
Don't see it if you don't like any philosophy onstage, or want a lot of action or elaborate sets/costumes. This is a quiet but moving and gorgeous piece.
See it if you would like to sample in miniature a legendary production with astonishingly graceful acting and staging.
Don't see it if you believe an epic should have a big cast, a lengthy running time, and a large and hyperactive staging.
See it if You want a mesmerizing, breathtaking, borderline religious experience.
Don't see it if you need flashy staging, flashy costumes, and don't want to sit still and join in communion with the actors.
See it if I started Ushering at BAM so was excited to see this, unfortunately I worked it twice and was bored both times
Don't see it if Want an entertaining evening of theater
See it if you are interested in watching four actors transform and tell an expansive epic story using simply sticks, scarves and their instruments.
Don't see it if you love big spectacle shows.
See it if You will see anything by Peter brook, as I will, but won't be as disappointed as I was.
Don't see it if You are looking for a static, undramatic, play that takes Peter brooks 9 hour Mahabharata and unsucessfully tries to reduce it to one hour
See it if you like having your imagination activated while being asked and guided through big questions
Don't see it if you think theater is a passive engagement or you just want entertainment
See it if You want to see the work of Peter Brook and have heard of his legendary Mahabharata, from which this play is taken. 5 actors, 1 drummer.
Don't see it if You like traditional drama--this is storytelling/folktale on a simple set, masterfully presented.
See it if You want a cultural experience, filled with deep storytelling.
Don't see it if you can't remember a bunch of names at once or have no interest in non-Western stories or story-telling traditions.
See it if I can't think of one single thing to cause you to want to see it. Fortunately, the torture is pretty short.
Don't see it if ...inept writing and sub-inept acting are not your cup of tea. Endless (and slow) stream of pseudo-philosophical mambo-jumbo.