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The Father (TFANA)

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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking
83
Avg Score

During previews
79
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intense, Great staging, Mixed performances

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.

During previews
75
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you like dramas

Don't see it if you don;t like family relationships

During previews
83
Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Resonant, Riveting

See it if You like classic theatre or plays that are emotionally charged and dramatic. This is a dark and pessimistic battle of the sexes.

Don't see it if You are looking for humor or are turned off by the idea of watching a husband and wife duke it out for two hours onstage.

During previews
65
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.

During previews
85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like theatre where it's impossible to take one character's side completely.

Don't see it if melodrama or discussion of gender politics.

During previews
78
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant, Intense

See it if You like Strindberg, you like John Douglas Thompson, you like to feel close to the action

Don't see it if You can't handle retrograde material in regards to women, you can't handle dated material, you are looking to turn your brain off

During previews
75
Resonant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if if enjoy the classics performed by incredible actors.

Don't see it if you need lots of action.


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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