In August Stringberg's drama, a credulous artist has his mind poisoned against his wife by her former husband, during an afternoon in a lounge at a seaside resort. Part of the 2018 Dream Up Festival. More…
Adolph, a painter-turned-sculptor, is falling under the spell of Gustav, an ill-natured older man whom he has just met. In the guise of friendly male conversation Gustav, Iago-like, makes Adolph dissect his love for his new wife Tekla. She is a novelist whose star is rising while Adolph's falls. We learn that Tekla is Gustav's former wife and she has written about him, characterizing him as an idiot. In an act of revenge, the older man is manipulates the artist to believe that his wife has selfishly robbed him of his creative strength.
"I was so looking forward to the psychological chess game and deep intrigue of this play and wanted to revel in the one-upmanship, the power shifts and the twists and turns of manipulation. I wanted to delve into open marriage and gender disparity, be turned on by, and feel challenged by the torn curtain reveal of male anxieties. I was hoping for a wild ride through a deadly carnival of human emotion...It didn’t happen." Full Review
See it if you want to see a production of a rarely performed, historically important play by one of the founding figures of modern theater.
Don't see it if theater history doesn't matter enough to you to justify sitting through an inadequate production of a rarely performed classic play .
See it if Glad I got to see this play, especially from a historical standpoint: of seeing a crucial work in the development of naturalist theater.
Don't see it if Directorially I wasn't convinced as to why I was watching *this* play *now*. A difficult text, the actors seemed to work in differing styles
See it if you want to see three actors in an old style drama bring about multiple tensions in a one scene play with good sound effects and lighting.
Don't see it if you have hearing difficulty: a cavernous venue where voices bounce around and the soft voice of the actress is lost when not to the audience
See it if you are interested in psychological plays revolving about the nature of love and the power of women over the men who love them.
Don't see it if intense plays about dysfunctional inter-personal relationships do not attract you.
See it if You want to be exhausted by the cat and mouse game of romantic love in one of Strindberg's densest and least successful plays.
Don't see it if You want to sit in a cavernous, hot, black box straining to get every tick and twist of plot- could possibly come alive with the right cast.
See it if you know Strindberg's work and/or this play. Slightly different take here & there, but the psychological mind-F is pretty much intact.
Don't see it if you're expecting passion & chemistry. Unfortunately, female lead is dreadfully miscast. There's more chemistry between the male leads.
See it if you were assigned a paper on Strindberg; if you like melodrama; if you're intrigued by 1880s Swedish dramas; if you're a misogynist or incel
Don't see it if you prefer modern plays with believable conflicts & characters you can relate to; if dated (even preposterous) views about marriage irk you
See it if You need to complete your Strindberg list.
Don't see it if Whether it is the play, the translation, the direction or the acting, probably all, every line screamed "inauthentic." I yearned to escape.
See it if you are interested in issues about relationships - and want an oppty to see a rarely performed Strindberg play in a solid, new translation
Don't see it if you're not interested in historical drama.
See it if You want to see great performances in a play full of twists and turns. Excellent chemistry between the three actors.
Don't see it if You don't have a long attention span. Not Strindberg's strongest play, but actors and staging make it riveting.
See it if You care about less performed, more important plays by the less performed, most important playwright of the modern theatre.
Don't see it if Historically important plays and playwrights don't matter enough to you to see one of their key works at a summer festival.
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