Closed 1h 15m
The Black Glove
East Village
58

The Black Glove NYC Reviews and Tickets

58%
(8 Reviews)
Positive
50%
Mixed
25%
Negative
25%
Members say
Slow, Great acting, Entertaining, Disappointing, Absorbing

About the Show

August Strindberg Rep presents one of Strindberg's lesser known plays for children, a magical Christmas story that revolves around a lost black glove.

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Member Reviews (8)

58
Dated, Slow, Charming at times, Mixed talented cast, Enthusiastic

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. Read more

75
Great writing, Slow, Cliched, Great acting, Dark

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.

Critic Reviews (3)

December 11th, 2017

"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.'"
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December 14th, 2017

“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.”
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December 8th, 2017

“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.”
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