Carny Knowledge: A Sideshow Extravaganza of Original Plays and Extraordinary Oddities
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In this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning drama set in the Bronx in 1964, Sister Aloysius, the principal of a Catholic school in the borough, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects that young newcomer Father Flynn has sexually abused the school's only black student. As she wrestles with her doubts, she questions an idealistic young nun and the mother of the alleged victim, perhaps changing them forever. The 2008 film adaptation, starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Viola Davis and Philip Seymour Hoffman, earned Oscar nominations for all four actors. This gripping drama about suspicion, scandal and the elusiveness of moral certainty stars Karen MacDonald. Learn More
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Featured review from SilverHolly8
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I loved the atmosphere of the show, although with many different multi-media going on at once, it was a bit overwhelming. Some of the circus acts were very impressive. I was disappointed by the short play vignettes, which suffered from a combination of weak acting, direction, and script; they felt a bit like children's theatre. The sideshow acts were the highlight of the show for sure.
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The best way to describe this event is by saying it was "uneven." The atmosphere was wonderful and most of the sideshow acts (including their onstage performances) were a lot of fun. The short plays on the other hand, felt like an afterthought. ...continued
Carny Knowledge is a dazzling array of carnival- inspired plays and carnival-style performances — using new-timey production methods to evoke old time-y interpretations. Drawing its roots from the sideshows that spread across the nation from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s, Carny Knowledge conjures up that mysterious thrill that would envelop curious onlookers every time the circus came to town, accompanied by the cacophony of sideshow barkers promising the wonders of the world to those who had never strayed far from home.
Modern times may dictate that these simple thrills are gone. That there are no mysteries left to unearth in this plugged-in, tuned-out age. But in January and February, the Boston-based Fort Point Theatre Channel will prove them wrong by crossing the pond into Cambridge with a gaggle of playwrights, filmmakers, musicians, dancers, roustabouts, and other diverse practitioners of the carny crafts, to create six thrilling evenings of ballyhoo, burlesque, and incomparable carnival-style entertainment.
Fort Point Theatre Channel is a professional performance company, nurtured and inspired by the talent that lives and works in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood. Carny Knowledge will be Fort Point Theatre Channel’s second playfest, a place to transform ideas into workshop productions