“(A)n intelligent, challenging, well-written and well-acted play. It is a play that calls into question the relationships between fiction and reality, between actors and the characters they play, and between characters and the author…. It is a wild and imaginative play filled with absurdist arguments about what is real and what is play acting and about the relationships between actors, the characters they play, and authors, without whom the characters cannot exist. It is presented in the round with no set decoration and no set pieces other than a table and a few chairs.... Niclas Olson… adapted Pirandello's play and does a fine job of directing it. The three lead characters, Gallion, Philbrook and Ali, are outstanding, making unbelievable characters totally believable. Ali is brash and seductive, and has a marvelous laugh. Philbrook plays the director as a most complex character, arrogant and sure of herself, which turns out to be a cover-up for self-doubt. She beautifully and convincingly portrays the director's astonishment at the audacity to these interlopers at her rehearsal. And by the way, the director was a man in the original. Gallion plays the father as a kind of bumbling but sincere man who lurches around the stage in a manner that brings to mind Peter Falk as Columbo.“ - Alec Clayton (The Weekly Volcano)
7/20/2022 09:51:26 pm
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