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Man in Snow

From 3 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Resonant, Absorbing, Abstract, Moving

About the show

La MaMa presents the New York premiere of Israel Horovitz's stage adaptation of his radio drama, about a retired man's return trip to Alaska's tallest peak. More…

David, mourning the loss of his young son, revisits Mt. McKinley in Alaska, which he summited at age 25. This time, he's guiding a group of Japanese honeymooners who hope to conceive a child under the spell of the Northern Lights. In this drama, we follow the varied passions of a family seeking resolutions to the highs and lows of the mountains we climb in life. Originally written by Horovitz 20 years ago for BBC Radio 4, 'Man in Snow' was reinvented for the stage by the dramatist. 

Member Reviews (3)


Great acting, Resonant, Absorbing, Abstract, Moving
Avg Score

Abstract, Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You're a fan of Israel Horovitz plays (as I am) & you're up for seeing a minimalist production that relies on the language of the characters

Don't see it if You' want a light evening or a "kitchen sink" drama. There are a few moments of comic relief, but MAN IN SNOW is mostly very serious and sad

Also Will Lyman gives a stellar performance as "David" the character at the... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Epic, Resonant

See it if You would like to see the wisdom of long relationships contrasted with the beauty and violence of nature.

Don't see it if You are afraid of introspection onstage and in your head.

Absorbing, Great acting, Moving

See it if You want to see an intimate, deeply felt family drama about bereavement, fidelity (and infidelity), and aging.

Don't see it if You've recently lost a loved one--or ever lost a child. It will cut too close to the bone.

November 16th, 2016
"Nicely acted…Some of this play’s most vivid writing concerns Emily’s anguished need for her father’s love…But the restraint that’s so becoming in much of this production gives way then to distracting excess. On a previously spare set, we see David encased in snow, which looks cheap and messy. Th...
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November 24th, 2016
“Prolific, record-setting author Israel Horovitz has turned his literate, moving radio drama ‘Man in Snow’ into a stage play which arrived at the East Village landmark cultural institution La Mama in a neat, dreamy co-production of the Barefoot Theatre Company and Compagnia Horovitz-Paciotto...By...
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November 17th, 2016
"What Horovitz did not tell us was that we were about to experience moments of perfect theatre; that we were collectively about to lose ourselves in his writing...Despite the heavy subject matter, 'Man in Snow' has some of the finest acting I’ve seen in a long time...Lyman exerts a tangible power...
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November 16th, 2016
"The confrontation between Emily and her father is one of the most agonizing and powerful scenes in the play…A very dense, haunting and beautifully performed and author-directed 80-minute drama. Its one drawback? David’s poetry. It made me think it might not have been such a terrible blow to lite...
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