A very interesting and timely restaging of Clifford Odets thought provoking play. The action begins organically even before the audience has been fully seated and audience members are drawn in by the in-your-face questioning by one actor or by realizing suddenly that the audience member sitting next to you is actually in the cast and has already begun participating as the rest of the audience files in... We find ourselves at a union meeting of cabbies who are facing a crisis which may lead to going out on strike and by the end of the play we understand just how much guts that takes. I highly recommend this play for its direction and the quality of the performances. This is a good theater company - Get to know their work!
Opened Jun 9, 2010
Saw it Sat. nite & this play is As relevant today as it was in the 1930s! Powerful, moving and provocative are just three of the many words that describe this theatre experience.Acting superb and I particluarly liked the interactive naure of this show. Not to be missed in the short time leftcloses 6/26 and I hope the run is extended.
Saw it Sat. nite & this play is As relevant today as it was in the 1930s! Powerful, moving and provocative are just three of the many words that describe this theatre experience.Acting superb and I particluarly liked the interactive naure of this show. No not miss and I hope the run is extended.
I had the good luck to catch this show last night. The opening of the play, moves forward seamlessly from an improvised union meeting, in which the audience is a part, into the actual text of the play in one of the most effective displays of Brechtian direction I have seen in a long time. The lights never dim, the doors never close. For an hour and ten minutes you feel as if you are a fly on the wall of a real event. I found myself constantly thinking that I wish I could see something that creative nowadays on Broadway. Aside from the direction, the performances were not to be missed. Anna Marie Sell was a real standout in the cast, gracefully balancing the harsh realities of great depression living with her obvious love for her husband and family. The play was beautifully directed, performed, and surprisingly relevant.
This intimate and moving production simply and honestly portrays the lives and struggles of the working class during the great depression. It is a surprisingly relevant play for our times, where the disparity between the rich and the poor is once again alarming and dangerous. Especially impressive was the way this compelling cast dealt with the period language of the play-- many expressions that in less capable hands would seem dated or ridiculous come off here as honest and true because of the commitment of the performers and the intimacy of the space. A rare chance to see an honest and compelling production of this show. Great ensemble work.
Saw it in previews--Once again, with powerful acting and an intimate presentation, Seeing Place creates a taut and compelling production. As with the best of revivals, it reveals startling and uncomfortable parallels with our own time.