August Strindberg Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere staging of the two works together, as they were written and intended by their Strindberg. More…
From the show:
In "Isle of the Dead," a middle-school teacher who has died in his sleep wakes up to find an enlightened spirit sitting next to him. This spirit tries without success to explain to the teacher that he no longer need concern himself with such mundane matters as grading papers before class. Finally, the spirit instructs the benighted teacher to watch a play with him. The play is " The Pelican."
In "The Pelican," a vivacious young widow has eyes for her newly-married son-in-law. The moral turpitude of it is driving her son to drink. Throughout her children's lives, the widow denied them food and firewood, unwilling to "squander" money that she is actually stealing for herself. The son finds a letter from his late father recounting her cruelty -- how will he avenge her betrayal? The play's title comes from an erroneous myth of nature: the mother pelican feeds her chicks ground-up fish from her beak, but in earlier times, this was thought to be her own blood, making the bird a mistaken example of charity and sacrifice. In a wicked note of irony, the mother was honored with verses about the pelican's sacrifice at her daughter's wedding.
See it if A spirit takes inventory, then views play in which an incriminating letter is left behind. Great impulse to sandwich both plays in 95 min
Don't see it if "I want to avoid the suffering/If only I could do the evil I want to do/The day of death is better than the day of birth/Victim of Camorra"
See it if U like thought provoking plays in an intimate setting. The Pelican was very thought provoking but the rest felt long, tedious and why?
Don't see it if U don’t like small theater or prefer musicals. Want the 2 plays to be more cogent with more of a moral to the story.
See it if See it if you love shows that make you think about life, love, death and everything in-between. Great acting and a riveting plot!
Don't see it if You're looking for a musical or a farce.
See it if You’re interested in an engaging if heavy piece that unfolds in dramatic fashion as characters find different sides of themselves &eachother
Don't see it if You like your comedy only on the light side
See it if Brilliant Strindberg production. Excellent directing by Robert Greer. Great cast, particularly Natalie Menna & Brad Fryman, tour-de-force
Don't see it if You do not prefer excellent translations of classics, with brilliant direction, staging and acting.
See it if Mother/daughter pair Natalie Menna and Bailey Newman at each other's throats could have stepped off the stage of the West End.
Don't see it if You equate emotion with shouting and bad diction; these actors, all seven, are supreme artists -- and masters of technique.
See it if Brad Fryman and Gabe Betto create a brilliant seriocomic underworld in the Isle of the Dead prelude to the Pelican, itself a wonder.
Don't see it if You can't laugh at death.
See it if Natalie Menna, lead in the Pelican, and Brad Fryman, leading Isle of the Dead are genius. Menna's merry widow/wicked witch is a rainbow
Don't see it if Want happy endings.
See it if World premiere of The Pelican's prolog, Isle of the Dead, which makes the play comprehensible. Natalie Menna is marvelous!
Don't see it if You can't stand thinking.