PTP/NYC (Potomac Theatre Project) presents an evening of five serio-comic one act plays from master playwrights Harold Pinter, Václav Havel, and Samuel Beckett. More…
From the show:
In Audience, Private View, and Protest, the dissident Vaněk (Havel’s alter ego) encounters people trapped by the moral dilemmas inherent in a Communist system. The trio of plays is bookended by Harold Pinter’s New World Order and Samuel Beckett’s Catastrophe, the latter written in tribute to Havel.
The Vaněk plays (along with all of Havel’s work) were banned in Czechoslovakia, but that didn’t prevent people from performing them in their living rooms, copying them surreptitiously as samizdat (illegal, faded copies of banned work), or even recording them on vinyl.
See it if you want to see 4 great, varied shorts that explore suppression and dissidence with more care and insight (and less ego) than railing satire
Don't see it if 1 so-so Pinter act is a dealbreaker for you even if it’s only maybe 6 minutes long
See it if Five plays probing "living in a lie." Deep, challenging & philosophical. The 2nd & 3rd are also very funny. Excellent writing & directing
Don't see it if You don't want to be confronted with disturbing material, set in communist Eastern Europe, with a lot to say about the human condition.
See it if you enjoy political theater that's direct but subtle, for the rare opportunity of discovering some influential 20th century theater works.
Don't see it if you prefer more conventional evenings of theater. Opening & closing one-acts are a little abstract, but fit neatly with the 3 Havel shorts.
Get alerts about your favorite artists and theater companies