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Calderon's Two Dreams

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Members say: Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

About the show

Magis Theatre Company presents both versions of Spanish Golden Age dramatist Pedro Calderón de la Barca's masterpiece 'Life is a Dream.' More…

'Life is a Dream' (1635) deals with questions of freedom and choice in a confusing reality. As his career soared, Calderón felt the need to go deeper into his own spirit, so he completely rewrote it to examine deeper questions. In 'Life is a Dream' (1677) the setting changes to the court of the universe. The central question of the earlier version, “Will this prince be a fitting ruler?” becomes, “Is the human being a fitting caretaker of the universe?” Magis Theatre Company presents these two works together to allow these classics to speak to each other and reflect on how Calderón’s world view and philosophy developed over the course of his life.

Member Reviews (8)


Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting
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Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent, Epic, Great staging

See it if Rare chance to see a solid staging of a Spanish Golden Age classic. It's physical and very visual, with ++ music from a live group.

Don't see it if Calderon's script can be very creaky- with subplots and characters disappearing only to surface acts later and its humor a bit distant.

Also I'm glad they chose to do this as one night rather than rotating in re... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if If you love classical theatre and want to see two very diverse & rarely produced plays from Spain's great playwright, Calderon de la Barca.

Don't see it if You don't have an attention span. Runs long together but doesn't feel like it overall.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Must see, Relevant

See it if An evening of theater that transports you back in time, but at the end you discover how the story is very much alive and relevant today.

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this production, it is beautifully directed and performed.

Also A muse see production!! It was beautifully directed and performed. I l... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Profound

See it if You are a fan of classics and "remakes". Seeing the two "dreams" back to back like this really shows the playwright's development and journy

Don't see it if You are easily confused and don't want to watch a show that is thought provoking

Also The actors were amazing and I am thankful to the Magis Company that th... Read more Read less

Great acting, Ambitious, Masterful, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You like classic innovative thought-provoking theatre performances.

Don't see it if You are not ready to be challenged and engaged to appreciate the meaning and purpose of the play.

Delightful, Dated, Clever, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if It was very good I loved the people it was. What I wanted to see

Don't see it if I don’t have anything bad to say about the show

Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting

See it if Love it will go again

Don't see it if Well it was great

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Great writing, Important

See it if You're a Theatre History buff. The second 1/2 of the evening is never performed. Excellent staging, and enhancing musical accompaniment.

Don't see it if you have hemorrhoids...the evening is 3+ hours long and the chairs aren't very comfortable after the first 2 hrs. You're a traditionalist.

Also These two plays (same play but the second 1/2 was revised by Calderon ... Read more Read less

February 15th, 2017
"A rare opportunity to see what is a thoroughly engaging production of the two versions of 'Life Is a Dream'...The 11 cast members of the company do wonderfully taking on roles in both plays and, despite a running time of more than three hours, you are unlikely to be bored or to have much difficu...
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March 9th, 2017
"A theatre scholar's rare treat; while well-executed, it's a marathon nonetheless...Perhaps there's a good reason why we don't see these plays programmed very often, considering the challenge they present to American theatre producers...The Magis company achieved fun, bouncy translations of the w...
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February 19th, 2017
'This production did not delve into the deep. I mean that wicked deep from whence all dreams emerge and are extinguished...In reference to directorial style, the blunder of pollinating the stage with stooges who mimic revolutionary renegades as they save the banished Prince is a theatre faux pas....
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February 18th, 2017
“An energetic and committed ensemble is to be commended for sustaining the energy and intention throughout the piecest…The puppetry and performances are solid, but as a whole, the latter 'Life is a Dream' falls short of being as engaging as the former. It’s a rare experience to see both these tex...
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