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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.