The Listener: Charlie Varon's Comic, Poignant Story Cycle
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The last date listed for Charlie Varon's The Listener was Sunday January 27, 2013 / 7:00pm (Part 2).
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i hadn't seen part one; that was no problem.
charlie has two stories here, the first with some subtlety and as usual excellent characterisation; the piece kept us engaged, fully attentive throughout. the second sketched a little more broadly, but entertaining. the modality (a read script) in this master's hands is just fine.
his work here has reached a stage of development that definitely makes for an absorbing evening.
Quotes & Highlights
- Read an <a target="_blank" href="http://www.charlievaron.com/thelistener.html">excerpt from "Company,"</a> one of the stories presented in <em>The Listener</em>.
A cycle of 5 comic stories presented in 2 parts
The Listener Part 1 - Jan 5 - 13
The Listener Part 2 - Jan 20- 26
The Listener Parts 1 & 2 in succession:
Sun Jan 27 at 3pm & 7pm
Note: It is not necessary to see part 1 before seeing part 2 though it is recommended. Either part of “The Listener” also works on its own.
Award-winning playwright and performer Charlie Varon returns to The Marsh to read a cycle of five original short stories.
The stories in The Listener are comic, poignant, and brimming with ideas. The cycle follows half a dozen residents of a retirement home in San Francisco. Selma Cohen wonders whether there is a next life and, if so, what should she pack for it? Bernie Schein asks himself why, after all the Nazis did, he still wants to seduce that German teenager. And Ben Rosenau, who’s 91, regularly upsets his daughter by telling her, “No one should live past eighty.”
Varon is best known for his hit solo shows, including Rush Limbaugh in Night School and Rabbi Sam, but he has also had work published over the years in The New Yorker, The Atlantic and Salon. The Listener brings together the dramatic and literary strands of Varon’s work, as he reads the short stories with a solo performer’s craft and gusto.
“These short stories are my love letter to my parents’ generation,” Varon says, “and an exploration of what they’ve lived through. They came of age when radio was the hot new technology and now they have to figure out how to use cell phones.”
Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission.
This performance is a staged reading, performer may have a script in hand. Recommended for ages 14 and up. Please, no infants.