The Two-Character Play: Tennessee Williams' Deeply Personal Tragicomedy
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The last date listed for The Two-Character Play was Sunday October 6, 2013 / 7:00pm.
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This award-winning adaptation of Dostoyevsky's towering masterpiece Crime and Punishment is told by three actors playing the murderer Raskolnikov, Detective Porfiry Petrovitch, young prostitute Sonia and many other characters in this famous story. This "conversation on the nature of evil" is set in the mind of the murderer where he relives and explores, through the urging of Porfiry and Sonia, the thoughts, ideas and feelings that drove him to his horrible crime. The play becomes a psychological landscape that creates a fascinating journey into the mind of a killer and his search for redemption. Raskolnikov even speaks directly to the audience at times, putting his case to them, so that the audience becomes another character in the telling. Learn More
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Interesting play (completely crazed and whacked, but in a fascinating way.......) I'd recommend this production to everyone, as the play is VERY rarely done and is a vital, if small, piece of Tennessee Williams' theatrical history. The performers are mostly quite good; the actress playing Clare could definitely show more genuine vulnerability and simplicity in the poignant speech when she is lying on the trunk, as this is one of the only times she is even remotely open or vulnerable. This passage should be as visceral and essential as a terrified child.
The actors, however, were fine in showing levels of play-within-play (sane, nuts, sane in the play within the play, nuts/screwing up in the play within the play.........) and I admire them both for their achievement.
The actor playing Felice also has a marvelous and flexible voice.
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This was a brilliant production that Tennessee Williams would be proud of! This play was intelligent and thought-provoking. A sophisticated theater audience would love this. There was never let down moment in the entire 70 minutes.
Quotes & Highlights
- "Williams reportedly described the play as a <em>cri de coeur</em>, and that's what it feels like: raw, poetic, and engrossing." --<em>Chicago Reader</em> (recommended)
This show contains strong language. It is not appropriate for children.