Let's Talk Off Broadway

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

Tag: Norway

Review | Posterity | Written and Directed by Doug Wright | Starring John Noble as Henrik Ibsen and Hamish Linklater as the sculptor Gustav Vigeland | Atlantic Theater Company

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 | Directed by Ramin Grayn | Music by John Browne | New York Theater Workshop

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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Film Note | Kon-Tiki | Directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg | With Pal Sverre Valheim Hagen as Thor Heyerdahl | From Norway

Kon-Tiki is one of the world’s great stories — not so well told in this movie BUT the story is SO good it’s worth seeing the movie anyhow.

It’s an astonishingly audacious adventure.  The Norwegian ethnologist Thor Heyerdahl in 1947 crossed the Pacific Ocean from Peru to Polynesia in a raft to prove a scientific point. 

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