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The Possibilities and The After-Dinner Joke

Members say: Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great acting, Great writing, Confusing

About the show

PTP/NYC (Potomac Theatre Project) presents a double bill featuring work from English dramatists Howard Barker and Caryl Churchill.

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In Howard Barker's 'The Possibilities' four short plays explore actions unexplainable by logic or rationality. From the biblical Judith, to Czar Alexander, to a bookseller who hordes her stock for fear that knowledge may fall into the wrong hands, to a woman whose dress is investigated by the state as a provocation to men: these four plays contain all of Howard Barker’s signature wit and complexity. 

Told in 66 brief episodic scenes, the plot of Caryl Churchill's 'The After-Dinner Joke' follows Selby, a young woman who quits her secretarial job to pursue her passion for ‘doing good.’ As a charity worker, she earnestly avoids political issues, only to discover the impossibility of this. “There’s something political in everything.”

'The Possibilities' and 'The After-Dinner Joke' will be performed in rotating rep with 'Brecht on Brecht.'


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StageBiz.com

“'The After-Dinner Joke': A biting black comedy...A phenomenal production that is slick and incredibly entertaining...Director Cheryl has conjured an impressive masterpiece...Faraone’s casting is magnificent and she has given every actor an opportunity to shine. There are no weak links...Her direction is clear and focused...A perfect play for our seismic shifting political climate...A double bill with Howard Barker’s potent play, 'The Possibilities.'" Full Review

80
Culture Catch

"The juxtaposition of these works produces intriguing resonances amidst a sometimes discomfiting, often funny, and always compelling experience...While Churchill's play may feel timely in more specific ways, the questions raised by Barker's short plays are equally relevant. PTP/NYC's production shows that these texts can speak to one another as vitally as they continue to speak to audiences." Full Review

70
Lighting & Sound America

"'The Possibilities' is a quartet of brief provocations...They have no discernible link, except for a general desire to unsettle, a goal that is achieved on a sliding scale...'The After-Dinner Joke': Inevitably, with a piece as scattershot as this, some bits work better than others...There's no pretending that either of these pieces is a major work, but fans and completists won't want to miss them and there's something inherently valuable about the bracing dose of pessimism they offer." Full Review


83
Quirky, Surprising, Smart

See it if you enjoy seldom-seen works from interesting and provocative playwrights,intelligently directed and beautifully acted by a talented ensemble

Don't see it if you find scattered scenes, multiple characters and several points of view distracting, or if you prefer more conservative theater.

80
Edgy, Intelligent, Quirky, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you are interested in issues, more than in character development or plot. You like something to chew on.

Don't see it if you want a drama with a plot or a musical. If you don't enjoy being confronted with the craziness of society.

79
During previews
Great acting, Exuberant, Brilliant second half, Tedious first half, Top-notch production

See it if you thrill to Churchill's boisterous and funny satire that belies its 40 years; sit through the tone-deaf Barker shorts, or arrive late.

Don't see it if you don't like to laugh and then realize you've been shown what dire consequences a naive action can have.

Also I'd like to rate the first half 40 and the second half 100, so I've co... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Dated, Political, Scattershot

See it if you would like to see short, episodic pieces by 2 important contemporary British playwrights better known for their full-length plays.

Don't see it if you are not interested in theater that is political, or in short pieces, or you have no patience with material that feels in any way dated.

Also I’m grateful to PTP/NYC for bringing to NY a double-bill of short, ear... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you like provocative stories and thought provoking dialogue. Some plays were more thought out than others.

Don't see it if you dislike full male nudity, stories that are somewhat confusing.

Also The Barker plays were disappointing and confusing. He went more for sh... Read more Read less


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