6 Characters in Search of an Author: The Hypocrites in World Premiere Adaptation
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One of literature's oldest figures -- the returning solider -- gets a contemporary twist in Ithaka. In this Midwest premiere of the recently commissioned play from Andrea Stolowitz, the soldier in question is both a Marine officer and a woman, Captain Elaine Edwards. Fresh off her latest Afghanistan tour, Edwards has trouble adjusting to life back at home. After a blowup with her husband, she skips town and undertakes an Odyssean journey, battling her monsters and struggling to find a path to her true "home" once more. The Portland-based Stolowitz, winner of the 2013 Oregon Book Award for Antarktikos and the Fowler/Levin Prize for this play, grounds her latest work in interviews with veterans and their families, enhancing the play's realism and its dramatic impact. Learn More
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An unusual play in an unusual venue--a basement with large pillars with the audience seated in the middle. I thought that the six"characters" were the best, very well acted, but the "actors" (if you know the story line) seemed too casual in dialogue, as if they were doing improv.The characters are supposed to be fictional, the actors "real". The script was rewritten and retranslated from the original, so do not expect the actual play as written by Pirandello.
Quotes & Highlights
- "... intensely vivid, frequently chilling."--<em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/10436980-452/six-characters-brings-life-to-a-ponderous-play-at-the-hypcrite.html ">Chicago Sun-Times</a> (</em>Highly Recommended)
- "... irreverent, ambitious, risk-taking, self-aware, original-adaptation loving, off-Loop company with a style very much its own."--Chris Jones, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-ott-0210-jones-loop-20120209,0,3490594.story "><em>Chicago Tribune </em></a>
- “… this brand new adaptation and updating — which lasts for just a brisk 90 minutes — from Steve Moulds is fresh, insightful and a great deal of fun.” —<a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/theaterloop/ct-ent-0208-six-characters-review-20120207,0,4712205.column">Chicago Tribune</a>
- “The lines between reality and fiction are beautifully blurred by director Halena Kays, who stages the production across three platforms that the audience follows in swivel chairs.” —<a target="_blank" href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/15110569/6-characters-in-search-of-an-author-by-the-hypocrites-theater-review">Time Out Chicago</a>
- “… when the ghoulish family enters the basement (the most paralyzing moment onstage this season), your personal space becomes violated and disturbed in the most theatrically satisfying way imaginable.” —<a target="_blank" href="http://podunkcritic.blogspot.com/2012/02/tower-of-terror-basement-of.html ">Podunk Critic Blog</a>
Running time is 80 minutes, with no intermission. This play contains mild profanity and brief moments of violence involving children.