Let's Talk Off Broadway

Yvonne Korshak reviews Off-Broadway, Broadway, Film and Art

Tag: Norway

REVIEW Posterity | Written and Directed by Doug Wright | Atlantic Theater Company

Starring John Noble as Henrik Ibsen and Hamish Linklater as the sculptor Gustav Vigeland

Posterity is an unexpected, fascinating and brilliant play performed by great actors.

It’s 1901 and as the end of life draws near for great Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, the City of Oslo (Kristiana at the time) seeking to commemorate him with a portrait bust, awards the commission to the sculptor, Gustav Vigeland.   Thus begins a play of titanic struggle between and within – between the playwright and the sculptor, and within their souls.

Both have reasons to want the Ibsen portrait and to distrust it, to hate it.  They’re both opinionated, individualistic, and self-centered, and with their own set of agendas.  They enrage one another to a fury but respect each other’s intelligence, creating dazzling verbal wordplay.

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REVIEW The Events by David Greig | with Neve McIntosh and Clifford Samuel | Director Ramin Grayn | Music by John Browne

In the summer of 2011 in Norway, Anders Reivik massacred 77 young people at a recreational camp. Among the who, barely escaping death themselves, witnessed teenagers pleading to the relentless killer for their lives was a female vicar and leader of a community choir. The Events, written by Scottish playwright David Greig and set in Scotland, examines the vicar’s frantic quest to find sense or meaning in the event, and to somehow purge herself of the memory and of the guilt of having been spared.

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