After a successful run last fall, this solo adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's short story chronicling an average man's doomed quest for individuality in a seemingly indifferent city extends to an Off Broadway run, More…
Only in his madness does the lowly anti-hero attain greatness! 'Diary of a Madman' centers on Poprishchin, a low-ranking civil servant who yearns to be noticed by the beautiful daughter of a senior official, with whom he has fallen in love. His diary records his gradual slide into insanity.
See it if Even as the protagonist descends into madness, there is something relatable and uplifting about him. Why did I leave smiling? Superb acting.
Don't see it if You don’t like solo plays. You want more narrative than a single character’s loss of sanity. You don’t want to be moved in an unlikely way.
See it if you would like to see a convincing portrayal of a petty functionary's descent into total madness.
Don't see it if you're craving light fare. Gogol was a farceur, but this adaptation, with its convincing portrayal of a descent into madness, is very heavy.
See it if You have an interest in 19th century Russian drama. You want to see an excellent performer. You like intense dramas.
Don't see it if You want a contemporary story. You want a story with a traditional narrative thread: it is a madman's diary, so it's confusing & unfocused.
See it if The acting is very good, Russian Play Drama. The story/play is confusing and all over the place in thought. Its about a man going crazy.
Don't see it if He plays the part excellent that seeing someone going thru crazy/mad may be hard to watch.
See it if You want to see a great performance and watch a character go completely mad before your very eyes on stage
Don't see it if You usually don’t like plays that only feature one actor
See it if You are interested in stories about mentally ill characters and enjoy piecing the story together.
Don't see it if You prefer sequential and logical stories and do not like over-acted dementia.
See it if You'd like a taste of Russian playwriting and/or Gogol, or want to see an actor give everything he's got in 80 minutes. He really delivers.
Don't see it if Madness expressed in a small claustrophobic atmosphere is not easy for you to take, or if the non-uplifting Russian style is not your thing.
See it if You like solo shows and are interested in Russian stories. This one seemed to drag a bit, despite a heroic effort by the actor.
Don't see it if You aren't interested in a solo show about a man going mad for the love of a woman he's hardly spoken to.
See it if you like long Russian drama, intricate character development, reflecting futility of ordinary man's quest for his recognition as special
Don't see it if you cannot sit through an intense emotional and physical 80 minutes of solo male monologue of decline into insanity without intermission
See it if You want to see an incredible actor - Ilia Volok perform a role that is believable. He transforms himself on stage.
Don't see it if You don't like solo shows, don't like any of Gogol's work. Want an upbeat, funny show...this is not it.
See it if you are a fan of the dark, existential school of Russian class warfare lit; would like to watch a man go quite crazy on stage
Don't see it if you have great sensitivity or PTSD around mental illness, delusions & insane asylums; expect a satisfying resolution
See it if You want to see someone slip into madness and watch their descent into the world of the crazy. Also does Ferdinand 8 really exists?
Don't see it if You don’t like one man shows. Although his acting very superb
See it if You're looking for a masterful performance of a classic play
Don't see it if you don't enjoy solo shows or are disturbed by depictions of mental illness
See it if The acting in this one man show was outstanding. A journey of one man into madness.
Don't see it if If you want to see something light, or are not a fan of one man shows.
See it if you would like an intense one man show chronicling the main character spiraling into madness in a very creative performance.
Don't see it if you would not like to see an intense character study of a deranged man. The script often does not sense, but it's not supposed to...
See it if timely!Poprishchin,as performed by Ilia Volok, is a victim of a dehumanizing society,and a Soul-Crushing job. We feel his isolation and pain
Don't see it if you are sensitive to this topic.
See it if You are a Gogol fan and like his heavy handed critiques of class and modern society with its disrespect for individuals. Quite over the top.
Don't see it if There is a limit to your tolerance for unrelenting intensity, overacting, and perhaps overwriting. I have been sufficiently Gogol-ized!
See it if Tour-de-force performance that captivates and spellbounds, with equal parts sadness, whimsy, and madness. Uncomfortably hot theatre.
Don't see it if you do not like solo plays, with a complex character
See it if Master class in acting. Full commitment to the role, humor, discovery, risk-taking, physicality, excellent use of vocal power and energy.
Don't see it if If watching Gogol’s madman sustain a manic performance that is highly emotional and never softly-spoken for 90 minutes would wear you out.
See it if You want to experience the workings of a deranged mind, with moments of clarity emerging from the morass of madness
Don't see it if You need linear storytelling and are uncomfortable in the presence of irrational behavior.