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.
See it if For the majestic John Douglas Thompson, coming apart at the seams at the hands of his tactically superior wife. The dark humor is a joy.
Don't see it if You don't care for an epic battle of the sexes circa 1887. It seems like yesterday. It feigns a sexism we see today, though we hide it now.
See it if you like shows about marital strife. This one is evocative of both "Gaslight" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf".
Don't see it if you dislike bare sets (this one isn't completely bare, but it comes close) or if you can't handle one or two overly long monologues.
See it if you are a fan of John Douglas Thompson, who gives yet one more great performance in a challenging role!
Don't see it if you don't like really intense tragedy.
See it if love great acting and Strindberg. Excellent new translation. Tight, taught and fast moving production.
Don't see it if Don't like Nordic School of drama
See it if In a relationship, got a partner, want to understand your parents? See this superb production. Sorry, you only have one more day, till 6/12.
Don't see it if You might have a tough time getting in, but try. I see no reason not to see this battle of the sexes play. Getting hitched? Think twice.
See it if you want to see a great performance (by John Douglas Thompson), you like Strindberg or interested in his response to A Doll's House
Don't see it if you're in the mood for something light and fluffy. There are moments of humor, but this play is delivered in a dramatic, serious way
See it if Riveting production , deftly directed,brilliant performance by J.D. Thompson and outstanding Maggie Lacey, and cast. Powerful,relevant!
Don't see it if Strindberg's view on marriage and the sexes don't engage you.
See it if You want a well written dark look at marriage and family.
Don't see it if you need more than strong dialogue to be entertained.
See it if to witness a devastating drama by Strindberg performed with immediacy and great intensity. A must-see for true theater lovers.
Don't see it if you prefer a Hollywood ending and the war of the sexes and dysfunctional family life are not for you.
See it if You want to see Strindberg's modern take on the battle of the sexes, with an amazing performance by John Douglas Thompson.
Don't see it if You can't stand that the whole mishegoss could have been avoided with one DNA test. Where is Dr. Phil when we need him?
See it if You never saw a Strindberg play. Strindberg was a contemporary of Ibsen, and wrote this reacting to "A Doll's House". V. good, Ibsen wins.
Don't see it if No interest in Strindberg/Ibsen, or traveling to Brooklyn.
See it if You have never seen John Douglas Thompson. you will find him to be one of the true treasures of contempary theatre.
Don't see it if You can't give a 100 year old play a little leeway.
See it if You are a fan of John Douglas Thompson. You want to see some great acting in a classic Strindberg play
Don't see it if You hate Strindberg
See it if you like intense dramas and strong male-female conflict, as the playwright had quite a grudge against women ("the enemy"). Crazy ending.
Don't see it if mixed acting abilities or anti-feminist rants annoy you. The father was amazing, the wife and her brother were sadly no match for him.