Carnival is a romp into something we all will deal with. Awesome, see it before you die!
Opened Jan 17, 2011
Carnival is a romp into something well all have to deal with. See it before you die.
Saw Carnival in previews, and the play did resonate with me over the next few days -- as it will with anyone whos kept vigil for a dying loved one. Much humor, despite the topic, and great surrealist skill on the part of the playwright, especially in the second act, when two story lines, separated by a decade, conflate at the wonderfully-staged deathbed. The minister and psychiatrist characters especially were such pitch-perfect lampoonings -- not to mention stand-out performances. Recommended!
Not perfect, could use some tightening, but provocative, creative, boundary pushing and wonderfully acted and directed. Its not just about death, but its a trenchant allegory about truth and denial in contemporary society. I expect it will be upsetting to people with unresolved issues surrounding death, but thats a good thing. This is the kind of show that makes you grateful to be in NYC where this kind of thing is happening. Best $18 youll spend so far this year!
I saw the show last night...it was deeply moving, having moments of brilliance. I laughed and cried.