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"The production is not, ultimately, bewitching. Its pleasures are mainly intellectual...The show feels rigid, and the actors pirouette on their marks like dolls on a music box. There’s also a serious imbalance in the cast...Ironically, in a piece about the female gaze, the men seem to have been chosen for their beauty alone — it might be a power reversal, but it’s not quite the one we’re looking for." Full Review
"Intriguing and unevenly, though amiably, presented...Lexen’s stiff translation and choppy adaptation is not very satisfying...Mongillo’s very fine central performance as Louise aids the production...Atkinson’s staging in the contained and cluttered space is proficient but lacking in ingenuity. The actors at times appear trapped by the furniture...The performances are chiefly dutiful rather than riveting...The production does have merit as a curio." Full Review
"Brings attention to the danger of obsession yet only scratches the surface of the problematic gender roles from a bygone era...The different stereotyped gender roles of men and women are constantly repeated and reinforced in the play, however not in a way that serves as commentary...The themes of the play are too dated to feel relatable...The production is well staged and is performed by a team of committed actors." Full Review
"The tension between health and illness, love and loss, life and death for Louise is palpable...One male role, Lind, is played by a woman (Ariana Karp) who is a pleasantly aggressive and duplicitous colleague of Gustave. I think the point that the director is trying to make is that for foreign artists in Paris Art City, male privilege was all they had; but on the other hand, this is not a total denunciation of men or love, but a nuanced tightrope walk." Full Review
“Unfortunately, the play is not nearly as riveting as its backstory…The production moves briskly under Lucy Jane Atkinson's unfussy direction, and Lexen's translation and adaptation is generally economic and clear…The play's brevity may ultimately be its drawback since it does not have time to sufficiently develop character relationships. As a result, ‘The Enchantment’ lacks both sensual sparks and intellectual fire…The eight actors comprising the cast are all quite likable.” Full Review
"Lexen’s translation/adaptation of the neglected classic is as engaging as it is historically faithful, letting the play’s enduring relevance speak for itself...The versatile ensemble has no weak links...They bring fresh emotion to Benedictsson’s text, despite some of its dated dialogue structures...Louise’s struggle with temptation feels ironic to watch today, where no-strings-attached flings are as commonplace as they were scandalous in Bendedictsson’s day." Full Review
"A play with dated sensibilities must be extremely well acted to accurately emulate an earlier mind set. Alas, this one is not...Only Herbig’s natural Viggo and Mongillo’s desperate Louise deserve callouts...Audience on three sides behooves a director not to stage lengthy speeches with characters’ backs turned. Atkinson is apparently unaware of this. As the set designer supplies no props, the company finds itself without stage business to hold attention, add realism, or illuminate the unspoken." Full Review
See it if You enjoy neglected classic performed in small theater with simple staging. Some strong acting (2 main characters, Louise & Viggo)
Don't see it if You can't appreciate low budget, unpolished productions
See it if you like classic Scandinavian plays
Don't see it if you prefer more depth in characters and dialog. However, the Village Voice review was unfair to male cast members of the show -
See it if you want to see a brilliant, beautifully acted play. The text and the back-story are interesting. Production is spellbinding, provocative
Don't see it if you are not interested in though-provoking drama in the vein of Hedda Gabler
See it if You like Chekhov, Ibsen, Strindberg and 19th Century drama; also interesting, undiscovered, classic works. And really terrific acting!
Don't see it if You do not like 19th Century drama.
See it if Pre- Hedda Gabler pre- Miss Julie.. how historic can you get? Ducdame comes through again. Thrust stage works well. Actress who plays
Don't see it if .Might need a bigger space.
See it if you are interested in theater history. This is the first American production of a 19th Century play by a significant but ignored writer.
Don't see it if you want a lively evening. There is a lot of philosophical talk about relationships & dim lighting which caused some viewers to doze
See it if you're curious enough about the play to experience it in a poorly directed and acted production.
Don't see it if you're looking for a well cast and dramatically pointed production.
See it if You want an intense and morbid drama about relationships.
Don't see it if You haven't the patience for people moping and being depressed about their romantic entanglements.
See it if You like period soap operas. You are interested in a story written by a nineteenth century woman told by a production team of women.
Don't see it if you're looking for an empowering piece. This is focused on the suffocating environment of the 1800s and relationships.
See it if You're a scholar of Ibsen and Strindberg you might find this interesting. Others see it if you can't get tickets for anything else.
Don't see it if You want to be entertained and have a good time.
See it if you want to see a play written by a woman with a fascinating history. It's an interesting story.
Don't see it if you don't like a slow moving play with some stilted dialogue and uneven acting. The women fared better than the men.
See it if you would like to know about this writer and don't mind long plays about painful relationships. You want to see Paul Herbig fantastic work.
Don't see it if you are not interested in old plays, and expect something light and easy to enjoy.