August Strindberg Rep presents one of Strindberg's lesser known plays for children, a magical Christmas story that revolves around a lost black glove. More…
In this lyrical fantasy, a lost black glove found in the entryway to a large apartment building the day before Christmas Eve mystically passes through the hands of many of its residents as it bestows a Christmas spirit. The play will be acted by a cast of six women, in the British Travesty tradition of the late 1800s, in order to ensure that the play will be children-friendly. The piece is recommended for audiences age 8 and up.
"Director Greer has cast the play with all women actors...It helps mitigate the vestiges of Strindberg’s misogyny, for though 'Black Glove' is a Christmas play with a happy ending, it’s still a play where a 'bad' woman must be taught a lesson. This casting also gives the magnificent cast a chance to show their range...In all, 'Black Glove' is a poetic, whimsical holiday play that is a must for Strindberg junkies, and anyone looking for holiday fare that isn’t 'Christmas Carol.'" Full Review
“Greer staged some of the first scenes in this 'Black Glove' so that the actors are a little too far away from the audience; the performers, too, have to fight against the insistent hum of the sound system. But everyone here plays with such gusto, and the writing is so rich and strange, that these are only minor impediments...This tough-minded yet vivifying point of view is something that children should learn early...‘The Black Glove’ might be just the thing for them.” Full Review
“While the work is lyrical and poetic, the flaw of the play is in its construction. There are a several poetic monologues that do not make sense and some events do not follow each other in a sensible way...While the story is akin to a darker set of fairytales, the spectacle and energy of the performance is lacking. Greer’s direction is natural but incredibly stiff...While the production elements were nice and the acting decent, ‘The Black Glove’ is not a children’s production by any means.” Full Review
See it if If you like dark, tales that still ring true today. My 25 year old son and I totally enjoyed this..
Don't see it if Want to see a show with all the bells and whistles. This production is presented in a simple, creative way.
See it if you like period XMAS plays in which the lower classes are good, the upper classes are wicked, and imaginary beings reward good/punish evil
Don't see it if you abhor anachronism, actors' lapse of memory, long monologue and scene with no or repetitive action, and tired class war theme. I dosed.
See it if You like rarely performed classical plays. You want to support a company dedicated to 1 playwright. You know someone in the production.
Don't see it if You want a contemporary Christmas play. You prefer a more well-known classical play. You want an equally well-trained cast.
See it if You are utterly desperate for any remotely holiday-themed show, regardless of how many irritating elves and dead babies are involved.
Don't see it if You don't want to power through what feels like a community theater's first production, employing any "actor" who wants to be on stage.
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