Enigma Variations: Fascinating Psychological Drama at Gloucester Stage
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Playwright Victoria Stewart was inspired by two very different figures -- CNBC personality Suze Orman and Victorian novelist Henry James -- when writing her latest, most probing play, Rich Girl. For despite their differences, both Orman and James share an obsession with money and Rich Girl explores that peculiarly American fascination with startling sensitivity and imagination. When the sheltered Claudine meets the penniless Henry, the two fall helplessly in love. But for Claudine's mother, a tough-talking celebrity finance guru, this happiest of happy coincidences is a cause for suspicion and worry. Inspired by the classic play and film The Heiress, this clever new comedy examines women and their relationships with men, mothers and moolah -- if not in exactly that order. Courtney O'Connor directs the show at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Learn More
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Featured review from Christine Beiras
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I would of loved it if the play if it had stopped 10 minutes before it actually did. At that point the played looked like it ended but then came back. I thought the last ten mintues weren't the best note to end the play on. The acting was fine.
If someone said that there were too many plot twists - I would say there was proababely one too many.
By Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
Translated by Jeremy Sams
Directed by GSC Artistic Associate David Zoffoli </p> <p>Journalist Erik Larsen is offered an unprecedented interview with Abel Znorko, the larger than life author and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. This beautifully wrought psychological drama is sometimes a duel and sometimes a duet, but never what it appears to be.</p> <p>Who do we love when we love? Do we ever know who the beloved one is? Is mutual affection but a happy and lucky misunderstanding?
Love is a mystery and the very reason why, on the stage, one man faces another. On one side, Abel Znorko, a Nobel Prize-winning author who lives far from men and civilization. On his island lost in the middle of the Norwegian sea, he keeps on remembering the woman he loved passionately and with whom he corresponded for a long time. On the other: Erik Larsen, a journalist who wants to interview the writer.
But the interview is only a pretext. So what is Larsen's secret motive? What is the link between him and this woman Znorko claims he has never forgotten? And most of all, why has the misanthrope agreed to meet him? The encounter will quickly turn into a very cruel and vicious truth game. The two men, like two boxers, will in turn reveal their secrets.