Opens Jul 16 | Chelsea

Havel: The Passion of Thought

From 4 member reviews
Members say: Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant

About the show

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.

Member Reviews (4)


Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant
Avg Score

Absorbing, Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

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

Also Havel's plays helped him end a Communist regime. What a great discover... Read more Read less

During previews
Sharp, Profound, Funny, Thought-provoking, Intense

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.

During previews
Intelligent, Interesting, Relevant

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.

During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like intelligent, well acted plays with a touch of absurdity

Don't see it if you need to see extravagant productions, or only like musicals

Also This was my introduction to Havel’s plays, and I was bowled over. Poto... Read more Read less

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