MetroStage Presents Lonely Planet, a Contemporary Absurdist Classic
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The last date listed for Lonely Planet was Sunday June 17, 2012 / 7:00pm (Closing Night).
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It's 1943 and a group of prisoners is heading from occupied France to Buchenwald concentration camp when an explosion derails the train. Guy de Bonheur, an actor, seizes the opportunity to convince the guards to let him escape. How? By performing Arabian Nights to prove that his plays are not subversive, and he doesn't deserve to be rounded up. Of course, with all of his other actors gone, he'll have to play all the roles himself. And in The Thousandth Night Guy, played by Marcus Kyd, does just that. Written by Carol Wolf, The Thousandth Night is a remarkable blend of comedy and tragedy, not to mention a feat of character acting by the lone performer. Tuesday and Wednesday performances also feature a post-show Talkback. Learn More
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Featured review from Sometimes too criticalRed Velvet
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Fine performances; engaging and often humorous dialogue; thrusts toward one character's cathartic/revealing monologue; semi-surprise ending; and wonderful set. Metrostage, being small, is perfect setting for this intimate dialogue. My one wish item is that the playwright had given the character who owns the map store a fuller sense of history or motivation. I do recommend this production.
Quotes & Highlights
“It is an intimate and darkly humorous portrait of universal love and loss and the methods we use to cope … memorable performances by Michael Russotto (Jody) and Eric Sutton (Carl) … create a believable bond in the face of unimaginable loss with ferocity, humor and fluidity.” —Alexandria Times
“… a warmhearted and memorable story of friendship featuring two outstanding acting performances.” —DC Theatre Scene
“Poignantly realized in the performances of Michael Russotto and Eric Sutton and under the expert direction of John Vreeke … Russotto and Sutton brilliantly sustain a verbal tug of war and create a powerful friendship …Sutton is a tornado of energy … perfectly cast…handsome set … piercing lighting … a haunting memorial to lives lost … with a superb cast and poignant message.” —Alexandria Gazette Packet
“Haunting, powerful … (a) sterling revival … finely detailed, emotionally nuanced performances” —Washington Post
“Skillfully directed … a tour de force for Russotto and Sutton, both of whom describe their characters with sensitivity and humor.” —Washington Examiner
“Expertly written, deftly directed and performed with such tender nuances it remains as timely as ever.” —Alexandrianews.com
Directed by John Vreeke.
Starring Michael Russotto and Eric Sutton.
The theater is air conditioned and can be chilly. Please dress accordingly.