Teatro LATEA presents Absurdist master Eugene Ionesco's classic one-act about the disturbing relationship between a professor and his pupil. More…
A hopeful young girl is looking to get a better education. In her small town there is only one person who can help her in her to reach her goal; an old teacher with a secret. Set in a thriller-like world, 'The Lesson' is a classic of the Theater of The Absurd.
See it if ...you want to see a fine production of a classic Ionesco play. Comedy and darkness all under one roof.
Don't see it if ...you need an easy-to-understand story. I enjoyed discussing and reading up on its underlying themes/meanings afterwards.
See it if you UNDERSTAND Ionesco and the theatre of the absurd. If you're willing to enjoy a play that doesn't make sense in a linear story.
Don't see it if you don't know Ionesco and the theatre of the absurd, and need to understand a story that make sense.
See it if you realize #MeToo didn't start this year. The Lesson is a #MeToo cry from 1950! Great production that needs a longer life somewhere.
Don't see it if uncomfortable chairs, a hot theater or absurd dialogue make you uncomfortable. No see it! You need to.
See it if you can laugh at increasingly absurd teacher-student dynamics then regret doing so when the power play gets out of hand.
Don't see it if you're ashamed of your knowledge of subtraction and fearful people are going to snicker at you. It's not enough to know 1 + 1 = 2.
See it if You know and enjoy Theater of the Absurd with its seemingly absurd dialogue. Thought provoking.
Don't see it if You like traditional theater with banal and predictable outcomes.
See it if you want to see how a classic text of the Theater of the Absurd holds up, or explore the fraught dynamics of a student-teacher relationship.
Don't see it if you find the Absurd hopelessly dated.
See it if you like Ionesco, you're OK with absurdity and a bit of darkness
Don't see it if you want something fast-paced, you don't have patience for speeches that (intentionally) don't make sense
See it if You like short plays. The venue is great, I would love to see a different production there.
Don't see it if Although this was only an hour they probably could have cut another 20 minutes out. It was hard to sit through the actual lesson.
See it if You've only got one hour and you HAVE to see a show. Also, the set, as well as the theater with an adjoining bar are lovely.
Don't see it if Ionesco played straight? This play is supposed to be farcical, not played in a naturalist style.I won't even get into the acting. Just don't
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