The great Baroque painters Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi confess their sins to a heavenly priest in purgatory. More…
Gentileschi recounts her notorious rape and torture in order to reclaim her legacy and fully illuminate her brilliant life and art. Caravaggio, confused after his own brutal and untimely death, is searching for forgiveness -- or possibly something deeper.
See it if you have a general interest in Italian Baroque painting, or in the artists Artemisia Gentileschi or Caravaggio in particular.
Don't see it if you're no fan of solo shows depicting historical figures: this is essentially 2 solo shows depicting historical figures, inter-cut & long.
See it if you are interested in the two characters, art, the era, or two-person shows. To enjoy it more than I did, do some research on these people.
Don't see it if you need a straight-forward story line. I was so confused at times that I just gave up. My companion knew the back story and enjoyed it.
See it if You already know each character's story. Not a play. Two autobiographical monologs (each might be interesting) intercut to resemble dialog.
Don't see it if Program says sourced from two biographies. They don't talk to each other. Should have stayed apart. Poorly staged. Badly lit.
See it if You love to listen to stories about Caravaggio and Artemisia. There is also a good movie called Artemisia for further background.
Don't see it if You want a play to be a play with relationships and conflict. This is more two characters reciting their own stories without really
See it if You enjoy watching great acting by actors who are passionate about their work in a intimate setting and learning about 2 renown painters.
Don't see it if You don’t enjoy watching a play where there is no real beginning, middle and end or where the actor’s stories intertwine but not obviously.
See it if you have any interest in the artists Caravaggio & Artemisia Gentelieschi (sp?). Perfect setting, an eerie choir loft in dilapidated church.
Don't see it if you have no interest in the artists, have an aversion to creepy spaces or sitting on a wooden bench for almost 2 hours.
See it if You lust for passionate theater performed in an intimate setting with grand arguments about art, gender and God, and willing to be consumed
Don't see it if You are impatient, don't like serious plays; serious questions about art,life, gender and God, want a formal theater setting & no challenges