Drama Desk and multiple Emmy Award-winning actor Christopher Lloyd stars as Ezra Pound in this drama about one of the 20th century’s most divisive and profoundly influential literary figures. More…
Fascist, prisoner, immigrant, and struggling with mental illness, poet Ezra Pound wielded words as powerful weapons. The play imagines the final days of Pound's commitment at St. Elizabeth’s Psychiatric Hospital. The 73-year-old Pound finds himself confronted by Ann Polley, a young psychiatrist who aspires to help the man who has been labeled “incurable.” Pound dismisses her, as he has done with previous psychiatrists, but when he learns of his imminent release, he experiences an inexplicable dread that drives him to Ann for help.
"'Pound' is dismissive, jocular, arrogant, and entertaining by turns. He has made a world for himself out of his hospital confines...The heart of the play is in the conversations that take place between the young psychiatrist and her renowned patient...These conversations bring up age-old debates going back to the salons of the renaissance designed around the importance of art that then ask what is more important than art...The acting is excellent throughout." Full Review
“Christopher Lloyd does not disappoint: his presence is arresting, and his masterful yet effortless use of language brings to life Pound’s bullheaded stubbornness and raging passion...Abbruzzese’s performance as the psychiatrist is just as captivating...Unfortunately, without Lloyd and Abbruzzese’s talents, O’Leary’s play comes up a bit short. I had a hard time investing in the story because I didn’t care enough about the characters’ objectives.” Full Review
See it if you want to see a virtuosic performance by Christopher Lloyd supported by good cast. This may have suffered in previews, but it's great now
Don't see it if you're not interested in history or heavy subject matter. A lot of the dialogue is unpleasant to hear, but comes across authentic
See it if You are interested in Ezra Pound. This is well written. Looking around the audience not a head moving
Don't see it if You do not like to hear the word kike. Jew. Lloyd was reading from script. No humor at all.
See it if Facing treason charges, the bigoted poet is apprehensive to leave hospital; relies on Jewish therapist to save him from himself. Fine cast.
Don't see it if No poetry. Racial slurs. At both performances, the great Lloyd(that voice!) was on book, throwing off the cast, the rhythm, and missing cues
See it if you'll do your homework on Pound: why is he @ this psychiatric ward in DC for 12yrs? Interesting life, mind, battles w/personal demons, etc.
Don't see it if you don't do the research. If you already know about him, you won't learn anything new (but you'll get to see Christopher Lloyd LIVE).
See it if you're curious about Ezra Pound. I knew nothing about him, and was quite intrigued.
Don't see it if you are expecting a 'finished' piece. Unfortunately, this appears to be a work in progress.
See it if If you dont know who Pound was this really doesn't inform you. But if you do this gives a moment for empathy but ultimately infuriates.
Don't see it if You are offended by noxious 'Pound-isms' about Kykes and Jews... It will be about 20 minutes shorter when Lloyd is off script.
See it if You had better be a Christopher Lloyd fan.
Don't see it if Lloyd did not know his lines read from the book. I think he is to old to memorize them. The premise rapidly becomes absurd and grating.
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