Irondale Ensemble presents a new staging of Bertolt Brecht's drama about the legendary astronomer and physicist and his battle between his scientific principles and the Catholic Church. More…
"Galileo" follows Galileo as he worked to prove the Copernican theory that the sun, not the earth, is the center of the universe. Galileo’s findings and claims challenged the Catholic Church’s omnipotent religious rule. Accused of heresy and brought to trial, Galileo forcefully recanted his findings and was confined to house arrest for the rest of his life, forbidden to continue to write further about a moving earth or a stationary sun. The adaptation also showcases a new political system coming into power and the extreme intellectual conflict experienced by technology and information.
"Irondale’s innovative and triumphant 'Galileo' is Bertolt Brecht at his most excellent, cradled by an ensemble of dynamic and invested performers and pitched inevitably toward its audience with a playful, conscious eye toward its own didactic mission...As much a top-notch production of the play as it is a contemplation on the playwright himself, staged like a troupe of actors trading spirited performances, mulling over Brecht’s text." Full Review
See it if Brecht's messages ring your bells, as do historical and thought-provoking theater. Four actors creditably carry at least 16 parts.
Don't see it if you can't plumb the messages of both Brecht and Galileo: is your thesis or hypothesis completely worthless? Question, read, teach and learn.
See it if You enjoy good acting and a creative approach to historical stories.
Don't see it if you are hard of hearing. The live music is so loud at times that despite the actors' strong projection their raised voices can't be heard.
See it if you are a Brechtian who understands that fidelity to Brecht means probing his work for what it has to say to a contemporary audience.
Don't see it if you either don't like Brecht or only like Brecht as he was written.
See it if An ambitious and mostly successful staging of an ultimately disappointing script. Impressively natural use of many anachronisms on stage.
Don't see it if Brecht's plays are often a tad too straightforward and on message for my taste, and this one is one of those. There is a lot to enjoy here
Also if this doesn't bother you.
See it if You are interested in the implications of innovations, science and discovery for society and religion and if you like experimental theater
Don't see it if You don't like experimental staging of classical plays.
See it if Interested in progression of thought, science and truth telling via actual 1600s historical persona finally vindicated in the 20th century
Don't see it if Have no tolerance for many words and/or listening to them, expect not to have to participate/think not necessarily be entertained at theatre
See it if you like your Brecht without bombast, cheekily adapted for a cast of 4; ably abetted by duo of live musicians
Don't see it if not interested Brecht; aren't up for leaning into a long evening (2 1/2 hours plus, 90 min first act) that--like much Brecht--has its lulls
See it if A very well acted story good acting. Scientist vs religion and the conflicr was interesting to watch.
Don't see it if Very, very long. First act about hour and a half. If you want a lighter show, a comedy ect.
See it if Reworked classics interest you. The always innovative Irondale applies Brechtian ideals to augmenting his play reflecting current issues.
Don't see it if you have difficulty following complex plots where actors play multiple rolls without changing costumes.
See it if You like history and stories regarding science, astronomy and the church’s view on Galileo’s theories. At times confusing.
Don't see it if You like fast paced stories or dislike discussions regarding scientific theories or the influence of the church on early scientists.
See it if you like historical and thought-provoking theater with professional actors pulling off at least multiple roles.
Don't see it if you don't like long plays that can get a little slow and occasionally go off in to the weeds
See it if a 20th century classic more relevant than ever. earnest well meaning production.
Don't see it if production values just don't make sense. questionable direction muted the very potent messages of the play.
See it if You are familiar and enjoy Brecht's plays or want to see a modernized drama about life of Galileo
Don't see it if You want to see a musical, lavish production, dislike Brecht's work or have no interest at all about Galileo's controversies.
See it if you want another visit to an ambitious theater in a grand theater space; enjoy Brecht and contemporary takes on older work.
Don't see it if you have a weak bladder. The first act is 90 minutes. Worse, every scene has the same weight. The ensemble has the same take on each role.
See it if if you think it's important to see theater that makes you think about the role of science in today's world.
Don't see it if you are not prepared to sit through over two hours of very slow develoment.
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