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 don't know Havel; he is a must-see playwright. His 3 pieces have diff styles...and all are excellent. Bookend Pinter/Beckett are good.
Don't see it if you dislike provocative political plays. Acting is mostly strg. Gr night of theater, unless you only like airy musicals.
See it if to see a quintet of subversive political plays that illuminate the subjugation of dissidents in the 70s/80s/90s (& still resonates today).
Don't see it if u aren't interested in political theatre; u don't want to be confronted with the realities (from the POV of a rebel) of communist repression
See it if 5 one acts-brief yet w/the potency of a bee string Well directed by Ramagnoli, all show a creeping dystopian view of society past & present
Don't see it if Havel's 3 Vanek's plays (the centerpiece) prove the weak part of the evening except the farsighted 'Protest' Pinter's opener is knife sharp
See it if you are interested in experiencing theater of the absurd at its most politically committed.
Don't see it if scenes of muted political torture would upset you too much to sit through.
See it if Middle triptych of the Czech plays focuses on dissident writer's (Havel) struggle on his path of accommodation/compromise using truth/virtue
Don't see it if Reliable acting from The Potomac Project offsets the thematically-appropriate, but superfluous bookend plays. (2:15)
Also "Good to know there's someone like you."
See it if you enjoy intelligent theater with thought provoking and relevant dialogue. Havel's 2nd and 3rd plays the best of the five. Good acting.
Don't see it if you like fluffy or humorous theater. Even the funny parts were dark.
See it if Politics & oppression vs comedy & passivity; realism vs absurdism, free will vs. coersion. 5 plays of political satire well directed/acted.
Don't see it if you prefer straight comedy or drama; don't like political plays using the same passive protagonist who seems to light a fire under others.
See it if Your a fan of brilliant 20th century writers! Havel, Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter.
Don't see it if You’re looking for musical of comedy.
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 and sort of silly
See it if political one-act plays, 3 middle ones by Havel written in 70's under repressive Czech regime; pieces by Pinter & Beckett; absurdist works
Don't see it if don't want plays about life under repressive regimes; sometimes a little heavy-handed but 'Protest' very good with its moral dilemma
See it if you like content that is, at times, difficult to understand, 5 1 acts that vary in quality & analysis of society, politics & human traits.
Don't see it if you dislike plays that can be challenging to comprehend, are serious rather than light entertainment & are somewhat philosophical.
See it if You want to see five short plays involving dissidents that are absurd, clever, and politically charged.
Don't see it if You need straightforward plays or are not interested in politics.
See it if In tandem with Dogg's Hamlet and Cahoot's Macbeth a revisitation of two Czech playwrights and their work viewed through a contemporary lens
Don't see it if heady, intelligent, resonant, political and quite astonishing, as well as quirky, dissonant and unusual.
Also astonishing acting---everything was stellar-- worth seeing twice.
See it if you want to see 5 serious one act plays about politics and dissident activities. 3 plays by Vaclav Havel, & one each by Pinter and Beckett
Don't see it if If you are tired of seeing things about politics. Two of the one acts by Havel were basically the same play with different characters.
See it if Havel's trilogy on dissident Czech Vaneck,Pinter's New World Order&Beckett'Catastrophe are still relevant on morality&tiranny.Grt act&set
Don't see it if you don't like absurdist playwrights who are often mirrors/molders, reflecting /changing history&instilling "passion" into new playwrights.
See it if a worthwhile opportunity to see 3 short but related plays written in a repressive regime.
Don't see it if you don't like or have had enough of political plays, or would find a mix of absurdity and realism incompatible.
See it if Intelligent thought provoking political theater. Great writing & acting. Valclav Havel plays resonate today & not to be missed.
Don't see it if You do not like profound theater.
See it if you fear our country is entering a totalitarian phase and want to see a glimpse of the paranoia and absurdity of life in that environment
Don't see it if your head is in the sand about what is happening in Washington...
See it if you love laughing with amazing writing - my laughter came from deep within, really powerful stuff!
Don't see it if you hate absurdist theater
See it if Interested in a good presentation of five short political satires.
Don't see it if You’re looking for something light and fluffy. Small theater.
See it if You crave relevant drama from a master who knows his subject - tyranny - first hand: the reality of oppressed life and ambiguity of action.
Don't see it if you prefer "on the nose", "tyranny is bad" plays.
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.