Savage in Limbo, by Doubt Playwright Shanley, from MetroStage
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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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Interesting play - it is clearly an early work by the playwright Shanley, not as polished as some of his more recent plays, but still quite good. The actors were all very good, especially Natascia Diaz (Denise) and Veronica del Cerro (Linda). The actors (and the play) drew me in quickly - within a few minutes, I was interested in the characters and wanted to know what would happen to them. Technical aspects of the play were fine (set, lighting, sound, etc.), but weren't a huge component of this production. MetroStage is a nice and comfortable venue.
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This is an amazing play with an exceptional cast. It is definitely the kind of play that sticks with you after you see it. Fascinating characters, intelligent and emotionally charged performances. This is one you don't want to miss!!
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“The crazy story-of-my-life speeches are spellbinders, and each deadpan punch line hits the mark. The harmonizing in this comedy, which Shanley dubbed “a concert play,” is marvelous. Shanley threw haymakers in his earlier days as a playwright, and Bruneau and company swing as hard. Their Savage is a knockout.” —Washington Post
Producing Artistic Director Carolyn Griffin is pleased to announce the opening of the 2011-12 season with John Patrick Shanley’s Savage in Limbo, directed by Lise Bruneau, and featuring Natascia Diaz as Denise Savage. This contemporary classic was originally presented as a staged reading at the 1984 National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Memorial Theater Center, and opened in New York City the following year. Shanley is the Oscar winning author of Moonstruck and received the Pulitzer and the Tony for _Doubt. _
Taking place in a seedy Bronx bar, a quintet of bar regulars are looking for answers—to life and love— and looking for change. Growing up Catholic in the Bronx (just like Shanley himself) they all believe there is something more out there for them to experience. But will they be able to break out of the life-long patterns and routines that are currently defining their lives? Shanley has created fascinating, entirely original characters and remarkably authentic language to fit the time, place and these unique and memorable characters.