Hysteria, or Fragments of an Analysis of an Obsessional Neurosis, a Freudian Comedy
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The last date listed for Hysteria, or Fragments of an Analysis of an Obsessional Neurosis was Sunday January 30, 2011 / 2:00pm.
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This play requires patience. It is a bit long and it is hard to know until the end what is really going on. But then it all comes together in a very powerful way. And it is not about the Dali-Freud encounter. Dali is really a device to explore the the subject matter in the TITLE of the play. (Those looking for the face-off that the promotional material implies are likely to be disappointed.) I can't say more without giving away too much. I would only add that Jessica's part is acted superbly and it helps to arrive knowing something about Freud, his times, and how his ideas about hysteria are viewed now.
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Hysteria won the Laurence Olivier Award from the Society of London Theatre for its West End run.
Science vs. Art: It’s a battle between brain and brush in The Nora Theatre Company’s production of Terry Johnson’s wild comedy, Hysteria, or Fragments of an Analysis of an Obsessional Neurosis_. Inspired by their real-life meeting, intriguing questions arise when Salvador Dali arrives at Sigmund Freud’s house for tea: Why is Freud haunted by one of his earliest cases? Will Dali ever get to paint Freud? What’s with the morphine drip? And who is that naked woman??? Directed by Associate Director Daniel Gidron and starring John Kuntz (_The Caretaker) as Dali.
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