Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Excruciating, Lack of direction
About the Show
Planet Connections Productions presents Erik Ehn's new avant-garde drama, which explores America’s history of violence toward its most vulnerable residents.
A killer walks in a circle, finds a killer, circles the killed. Experimental playwright Erik Ehn’s latest play about the violent and universal cycle of life examines the tragedy of Emmett Till and his mother that helped spur the Civil Rights Movement, along with three other stories. Society cannot hide from any of this, from losing, moving, seeing, longing.
"A sprawling, frequently incomprehensible play, which means to be obscure, though probably not to the degree that it is. ‘Clover’ wants to have the heightened pitch of a dream, to mesh with the strange poetry of the language and the frequently lovely musical interludes. Yet it doesn’t…’Clover’ is most definitely an experiment…But it feels, most of the time, as if its author has forgotten how to connect across the footlights or doesn’t realize how far he has wandered from his own goal."
"Closer to being a staged mood poem than a play. Most of the time the language is so poetic and disjointed that the story is often incomprehensible...Amidst the obscurity, there are those special moments when design, direction, and text come together to create clear, moving moments...The imagery in 'Clover' is powerful and certainly made me feel sorrowful and heartbroken, but the impactful elements of the production are overshadowed by the frustration of trying to follow along."
"A dizzying tale of violence and the futility of repentance...Ehn’s signature style of poetic theater is by turns poignant and vexing. Glory Kadigan’s direction graces the play with dynamic storytelling...'Clover' is not a play for the story-driven spectator...While said world contains many beautiful ideas, the discordant execution of these moments leaves the audience feeling a bit lost. Nevertheless, 'Clover' is a pretty picture of ugly and violent times."
"This new work, like a four-leaf clover, links together several stories about violence in the USA...The cast is involved in many overlapping narratives about war, family, and hospitals...I am confident that the multiplicity of meanings in the piece have been planted to stimulate the audience’s brains and to rouse us to save the world. The violent and dreamy aspects of the piece are nicely highlighted by the lighting. puppetry and projections that help catapult us into many different locales."