Written before Freud described the Oedipus Complex, Strindberg's 1887 play offers a proto-Freudian explanation of the unreasonable hatred that can exist between husbands and wives. Presented by August Strindberg Rep. More…
Fighting to control the upbringing of her daughter, Laura destroys her husband, a cavalry captain, by instilling his mind that he is not father of their child. He is goaded into a violent act, proving he is insane, and is straitjacketed by his old nurse, leading him to suffer a stroke.
“One of those taut, intelligent, passionately restrained pieces of writing...The material is so juicy! Unfortunately, in this production by the August Strindberg Repertory you would never know it...The combination of pauses you could drive a truck through, an extraordinarily low level of energy, and complete lack of direction dooms this production from the first moments. It’s as if the actors are sleepwalking through the material...’The Father’ is both timeless and timely." Full Review
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