6 Characters in Search of an Author: The Hypocrites in World Premiere Adaptation
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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.
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Outstanding cast. The performances were flawless. This is a brilliant adaptation of a brilliant play about characters without a play. The juxtaposition of artifice and authenticity is so well realized that I found myself thinking of certain cast...continued
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6 Characters has been a favorite play of mine for years, and I don't think I've ever seen a better performance. Because it's a play about illusion and reality, it's a play about theater itself--and vice versa. Key to the play is the interruption...continued
Quotes & Highlights
“… intensely vivid, frequently chilling.”—Chicago Sun-Times (_Highly Recommended)
“… irreverent, ambitious, risk-taking, self-aware, original-adaptation loving, off-Loop company with a style very much its own.”—Chris Jones, "Chicago Tribune _":http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-ott-0210-jones-loop-20120209,0,3490594.story
“… 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.” —Chicago Tribune
“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.” —Time Out Chicago
“… 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.” —Podunk Critic Blog
Running time is 80 minutes, with no intermission. This play contains mild profanity and brief moments of violence involving children.