The Tank and Glass Bandits Theater Company present a new play about three men named Charles: a father, his son, and his son's son. More…
In the present, three generations of fathers and sons struggle to communicate as their family line grows and ages across a vast ocean of time. How do individuals continue to exist through the passing of the years? Do I eat pickles on my sandwich because my great-great grandpa did? Charles, Charles, Charles, Charles, Charles Charles Charles.
“A moving exploration of the fleetingness of life…Carl Holder’s vision is bold, and his grasp of technique is commanding…Bewildering, though always engaging…Three talented and skilled actors vibrantly appear in the production, and faithfully fulfill the author’s intentions with their mesmerizing performances…Director Finn’s staging is a supreme melding of all of the technical elements with the expressive work of the actors...Ms. Finn has exquisitely rendered Holder’s work." Full Review
"This play patiently and benevolently gives each generation its say...'Charleses' is a well-written and exquisitely directed and performed play. If you haven’t had a 'show don’t tell experience' in a while, please go see it. I’m sure you will be left with the pleasurable task of learning to like three nice but flawed people. They are solid, and totally different from each other, and speak as often as not in facial expressions." Full Review
"As 'Charleses' pushes the discussion of legacies and lineages further, it adds more flavor and edge to what is otherwise a mostly realistic play. However, at a certain point...the play loses its grounded focus and unfortunately becomes a bit confusing. Several false endings and an extended epilogue seem to be repetitions of the same point. 'Charleses' is nevertheless engaging and wildly imaginative. It uses recognizable characters to tell a powerful story in cerebral and inventive ways." Full Review
See it if Holder's intelligent albeit unorthodox generational diorama about a man named Charles. Sharply written having 'diamond in the rough' quality
Don't see it if Absurdist plot goes a bit awry when "individual Charleses" become "universal Charleses" but Finn's taut direction keeps apace with aplomb
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