New Georges presents this new piece, where individual headphones drop audience members inside the imagined unconscious of avant-garde writer Gertrude Stein. More…
Through this intimate approach, the audience experiences Stein’s repeated and unusual phrases as layers of thoughts, voices and memories interwoven into a rich soundscape. Collaboratively created by the performance laboratory Door 10, 'This is the Color Described By the Time' is a fractured journey through Stein’s daily routine during World War II in France, as she struggles with writer’s block, listens to the radio, shares a meal with Alice B. Toklas, and confronts her own mortality. Dramatizing her friendships with Vichy official Bernard Faÿ and humanist playwright Thornton Wilder, the piece examines Stein’s forgotten politics and raises questions about the inextricable link between the political, personal, and artistic.
"Creates a simultaneous sense of dislocation and intimacy...Stein is a great choice for a sound-heavy show because she was a most musical writer...The show liberally borrows from horror tropes...we visualize something gruesome, and that is what lingers in the memory, anchored by one simple, queasy-making sound effect...As flawed as these two shows are, it is refreshing to see them try to use technology to refresh theatricality." Full Review
See it if you love theater that makes bold use of a full range of resources to stimulate the senses as only a live event can.
Don't see it if for you a play is a chronological sequence of scenes depicting realistic situations with characters speaking & acting realistically.
See it if you’d like a masterclass in sound and light. Some really beautiful moments; not really a play, everything emphasizes the tech
Don't see it if you don’t know Stein and Toklas, don’t want to wear headphones, want a plot. Story is confusing and disjointed. Audience was theater people
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