The Potomac Theatre Project revives Howard Barker's epic about the combustible relationship between the artist and the state, and the power and responsibility of the artist. More…
Brilliant Hungarian political cartoonist Bela Veracek flees his home country at the end of WWI to the newly emergent Soviet Union and, later, to England. He's constantly at odds with both the governments he lampoons and the newspapers that admire his talent but expect conformity and absolute submission. Performed in Repertory with 'Good.'
See it if love great acting and a story that had to be told.. we saw it for the first time and are impressed by this group of actors
Don't see it if if you cant handle some serious politcal problems from the past and perhaps the future......
See it if /for brilliant play showing conflict between artist and society thru personal history of political cartoonist at iconic 20th century moments
Don't see it if play does not catch fire til 2nd act; once it does it is weighty-poetic-mordantly funny; w/ little fanfare play/lead ADraper are marvelous
See it if you want to see a less-than-average production of a play by Howard Barker. Acting is generally mediocre as is the staging.
Don't see it if you do not like intelligent theatre. Also, if you do not like spotty acting. This production resembles a not-very-good college performance.
See it if you like an intelligent, arrogant, honest, unlikable protagonist and/or a political story.
Don't see it if you want to see well rounded characters other than the lead, a fast paced/attention grabbing drama and intricate sets.
See it if similar to Oslo, much more available history on the context. Much more abstract but similar commentary on changing world politics.
Don't see it if At times too busy. You don't like multiple roles per actor. You want a concrete point of view, a hero who "believes" rather than comments.
See it if you like great acting and a smart fast moving storyline
Don't see it if a play that spans 50 years and can be confusing to exactly place the timing
See it if You enjoy narratives that span decades and follow one character through a large portion of his life. And political/social commentary.
Don't see it if You struggle with heavier dramas, or anything that could be described as unsettling.
See it if following the life of one character who pushes the boundaries at each turn of life.
Don't see it if you want great clarity from your main character.
See it if can stay fully focus on a lot of dense material packed into the run time. Be prepared for gunshots and a lot of yelling.
Don't see it if Your not able to focus and want something light and easy. If you have a headache I suggest you go another time. It can be very loud.
See it if You like vignettes and unclear story telling
Don't see it if You need a straight forward plot and hate sometimes questionable directing choices
See it if You're interested in human stories of censorship and what it means to give up your freedom of expression.
Don't see it if You don't care about human struggles
See it if you're interested in a life story of a Czech cartoonist superbly acted.
Don't see it if you don't like theater that makes you think.
See it if you like cerebral theater which challenges your mind, has a strong point of view and excellent acting.
Don't see it if you don't like to think about what you have seen; you don't like shows in which one actor portrays multiple characters; you dislike violence
See it if you like seeing shows that are off-the-beaten track, that show a playwright's decidedly unique and non-conforming voice
Don't see it if do not like scripts that show their age (particularly in its sexism), or want a fast-paced show with a very clear meaning.
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