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. More…
From the show:
A STUDENT. A CHORUS. A WAR.
A chorus of students, all alike and all unalike, are trying like the devil to tell a simple story—perhaps the story about the tragedy of the Sandwich Man, with sandwich boards upon which nothing is written, and hence, say nothing. The Invention of Tragedy is Wellman’s examination of the post-9/11 world and America’s general and genial acceptance of the Iraq war.
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.
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???
See it if you're into Wellman and making your own meaning. This is brilliantly directed. Really gets you thinking about conforming v. speaking out.
Don't see it if you want easily followable narrative. This is hilarious with great acting and great sets but very quirky and strange. Not for just anyone.
See it if you have patience, because by the end you'll appreciate its message. See it if you love seeing up & coming actors...Major bravos to Susan Ly
Don't see it if you do not like a message very well hidden in this absurdist plot.
See it if You are bored by traditional theatre and want to enter a netherworld that will put you in a trance, then move you beyond imagination.
Don't see it if You like your stories tied up neatly, your plot line to make sense, and your characters to have names.
See it if You love experimental forms of theatre! Also has a great run time (approx 60 min).
Don't see it if You are looking for a coherent, normative throughline of plot. It is a play based in emotion and action less than it is about words.
See it if you’d like to see a brainy, updated version of the beginnings of Western drama in the emergence of an actor from the chorus, then another...
Don't see it if you are looking for anything like a standard-issue drama.
See it if You want to see a play where a bunch of girls are dressed as animals. It’s very weird and zany
Don't see it if You like to understand what is going on. I was confused by the first 30 seconds and none of the play made sense to me
See it if you're a Mac Wellman fan (and everyone should be, really), i.e., you know what you're getting into. Confusing but powerful, great production
Don't see it if you expect to come out with a well formulated idea of what you've seen.
See it if You like experimental. You have an open mind & imagination. You've never seen a Mac Wellman play before (like I hadn't). Fun before drinks!
Don't see it if Don't see it if you often find yourself saying "I don't get it" after a show
See it if you want to experience quirky, fun and experimental theater. It's beautifully directed with gorgeous music and amazing costumes & dance.
Don't see it if you only like traditional theater. This is different than what you may find on Broadway, but will still appeal to fans of musical theater!
See it if You love challenging wordplay that portrays emotion, bold and clever staging, great acting, moving original music and cat ballets.
Don't see it if If you prefer dialogue that's straight up and easy plot lines.