SITI Company and Abingdon Theatre Company present the world premiere of an avant-garde work inspired by American composer, writer, artist, and philosopher John Cage. More…
SITI actors Will Bond and Ellen Lauren create a unique live art performance, part chess game and part music happening, which explores the words and ideas of a visionary artist. Come experience the wide-open mind-bending brilliance of Cage’s insights about the world, art, music, philosophy, and the adventures that life presents. Conceived and directed by veteran theater maker Anne Bogart.
See it if you are interested in John Cage, the work of Bogart/SITI company, philosophical ruminations on art and life, whimsical work with no plot
Don't see it if you dislike quirky "pretentious" theater, plot-less scripts, intricate but strange sound/lighting design, the viewpoints method, Cage's work
See it if you like the writings of John Cage and his theories about sound and music. The staging demonstrates many of the concepts discussed.
Don't see it if you get impatient when nothing seems to be happening on stage or when everything the actors speak is drawn from someone's writing.
See it if You like heady obscure intellectual theatre and are a friend of experimental theatre. Helps if you know and enjoy the work of John Cage.
Don't see it if You are looking for a plot.
See it if You are a fan of avant-garde composer John Cage. You are a composer. You really enjoy highly unusual theatre. Different is your thing !
Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional style play. This could not be more untraditional ! You want mindless entertainment with lots of laughs.
See it if You like absurd theater, existentialism, a play that makes you lean in. It's a conversational meditation with unexpected production detail.
Don't see it if You're inclined to find stuff like this pretentious/not worth it. It's two people on a sparsely set stage, playing chess, talking, w coffee.
See it if You're interested in the words of John Cage and like avant-garde theater of his bygone era then this is for you. If not, don't go.
Don't see it if You are looking for traditional theater. You will be totally bored.
Also Luckily his music is not played.
See it if you enjoy engaging with intelligent and quirky avant-garde work that only requires you to accept what occurs onstage and allow it to be.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy post-modernism, shows that don't utilize narrative structure, or experimental theatre
See it if You are interested in being in the moment, want to be immersed in John Cage's thought (not his music), like quirky stuff, do yoga
Don't see it if You are an impatient philistine and proud of it
See it if You don't mind being spoon fed an intellectual premise as opposed to discovering it woven inside an interesting narrative interestingly told
Don't see it if You're looking for a well put together performance piece that's filled with fully flushed out ideas.
See it if You are a fan of John Cage or want to learn about him. The play caused me to do a (very) little research about him.
Don't see it if You are a fan of plays where "something happens." The most action you get here is making a pot of coffee. Which suits the man, I guess.
See it if Have an appreciation for the music and life of John Cage. It's important to see this play in its historical context. Great design elements!
Don't see it if You want a traditional narrrative story structure. The play is a thought-provoking dialogue between two actors. It's reflective of the art.
See it if you are obsessed with John Cage (this show exalts his work, using his words). Some comic moments. Cute & necessary dance breaks.
Don't see it if you have sound sensitivity, want to be entertained, or haven't had caffeine before hand.
See it if You enjoy random weirdness. You don't require a direct story line, want to view common things in new ways.
Don't see it if You just want to be entertained without thinking. You don't like random streams of conversation. Want to just see a story.