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The Father (TFANA)

From 32 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

About the show

Theatre for a New Audience presents August Strindberg's startling vision of marriage and the battle of the sexes. More…

Strindberg reportedly wrote 'The Father' in response to Henrik Ibsen's 'A Doll's House.' Now, for the first time ever, these two plays will be performed in rotating repertory. Working with a new adaptation of Strindberg's classic by Scottish author David Greig, Theatre for a New Audience mounts both shows with director Arin Arbus and Drama Desk Award winning actors Maggie Lacey and John Douglas Thompson.

Member Reviews (32)


Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

Clever, Confusing, Disappointing, Intelligent

See it if you know someone who's loosing their mental powers. It may help you understand them better. You will be confused - like the main character.

Don't see it if you're expecting a showy performance or a story told in a clear manner. It's a small show about a heartbreaking topic.

Clever, Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense, Disappointing

See it if you want to see really good actors go all in on a canonical work; if you're interested to hear a very contemporary adaptation by David Grieg

Don't see it if you do not have an existing investment in the play, the actors or the director; if you're looking for a fun night out

During previews
Thought-provoking, Slow, Intense, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you're a fan of John Douglas Thompson. He definitely takes you on a journey through this man's life... sanity... final hours...

Don't see it if you find it difficult to sit through classic theater productions. The performances were uneven I thought, reminding me it was only a show.

May 25th, 2016
"What really awakens the senses here is the feeling of suffocation that pervades the domestic battlefield…Ms. Arbus’s interpretation and Ms. Lacey’s performance help insure that the argument here is by no means one-sided. If Laura is compelled to destroy her husband, it’s because she has effectiv...
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May 25th, 2016
“Turgid doesn’t begin to describe the dialectic embedded in August Strindberg’s melodramatic battle of wills, and yet adapter David Greig manages to winkle out humor and insight...Though Strindberg was clearly on the side of his hog-tied title character, a grudging respect is surely due such a re...
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June 9th, 2016
"The battle of the sexes comes served two ways in Theatre for a New Audience’s sturdy and ever-accessible double bill of classics...Maggie Lacey plays against her girl-next-door looks. In 'The Father,' she’s a wife who drives her husband crazy by undermining his trust...John Douglas Thompson brin...
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May 25th, 2016
“As played by Thompson, the Captain comes across like an innocuous nut job...By contrast, Lacey's Laura is calculating in her malice, ‘I've yet to meet the man I can't defeat,’ she tells her husband, her icy gaze freezing him in his tracks. Such melodramatic lines pervade the text, and this fabul...
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