The Invention of Tragedy
The Invention of Tragedy

The Invention of Tragedy NYC Reviews and Tickets

(15 Reviews)
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Great acting, Ambitious, Quirky, Edgy, Confusing

About the Show

This absurdist work about a chorus of students trying trying like the devil to tell a simple story offers an examination of the post-9/11 world. Part of the Flea's "Mac Wellman: Perfect Catastrophes" series.

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Absurdist, Profound, Refreshing, Great acting, Clever

See it if Nonsense poetry conveyed with strong feelings & expressions. Remarkable acting & directing. Uniquely creative experience.

Don't see it if You don't like weird absurdist plays. You need to make sense out of the spoken words. Delightfully playful, but meanders, w/o much plot. Read more

Ambitious, Confusing, Quirky

See it if you want to see simple spectacle on stage but not really understand it. It's out there! But moments are interesting and funny.

Don't see it if you want to understand what you are seeing. Some things resonate, other things- who knows???

Critic Reviews (6)

The New York Times
September 25th, 2019

"In ‘Invention of Tragedy,’ Wordplay Over Plotlines: Mac Wellman’s ode to theater does away with character and basic grammar. Here, language baffles and delights."
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September 22nd, 2019

"Mac Wellman's mini-masterpiece 'THE INVENTION OF TRAGEDY' at The Flea Theater"
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Lighting & Sound America
October 10th, 2019

"Seeing 'The Invention of Tragedy,' certain names went through my head, such as John Ashbery and Edith Sitwell, poets who preferred the sounds of words over their meanings; it's certainly an approach, although whether it really works in a theatrical setting is debatable."
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September 24th, 2019

"On a school auditorium’s stage, young adults portray children as they perform Mac Wellman’s abstract fantasia with slight political overtones. Devotees of his idiosyncratic style may be enchanted while anyone else could be baffled. Brevity, playfulness and presentational polish are its virtues."
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Front Mezz Junkies
September 29th, 2019

"The piece, at first, dives head first into the idea of group dynamics, when the whole follows aggressively behind the central talking-head, like a pack of nervous dogs repeating Fox News talking points."
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New York Theater
September 21st, 2019

"There are three ways of looking at 'The Invention of Tragedy' that offer some satisfactions - as a political parable, as a metaphor for Western theater, or as entertaining nonsense full of such surface pleasures as colorful design, pleasing music and an appealing cast."
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