Enigma Variations: Fascinating Psychological Drama at Gloucester Stage
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The last date listed for Enigma Variations was Saturday July 12, 2008 / 8:00pm.
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Theatrical luminary Tony Kushner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angels in America and the brilliant libretto for Caroline, or Change, penned this delightful adaptation of Brundibar, a remarkable musical fable based on an opera that was first performed in the Czech concentration camp in which its original author was imprisoned. A fairytale opera about two children who must sing in the market to raise money for their ailing mother, Brundibar celebrates the triumph of the helpless over tyranny and the transformative power of art. Supplementing Brundibar is But the Giraffe, a brief Kushner-written companion piece about a young girl who has to make a tough choice. This show is produced by Underground Railway Theater. 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.
About the Ticket Supplier: Gloucester Stage Company
The Gloucester Stage Company was co-founded in 1979 by Geoff Richon, Denny Blodgett, and award-winning playwright Israel Horovitz as a "safe harbor for playwrights and new plays". During its first twenty seasons, under Horovitz's artistic direction, the GSC successfully realized its mission with production of more than 35 world premieres, 15 American premieres, and 25 New England premieres. Plays developed at the GSC have gone on to critical and popular acclaim on Broadway, off-Broadway, across the United States, and around the world. The GSC has received many honors, including numerous Best of Boston awards by Boston drama critics for outstanding and popular work, and, most notably, a New England Theatre Conference Award. Mr Horovitz was honored with Boston's prestigious Elliot Norton Prize for his work with the GSC.