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Two plays - Qualified Perceptions
firstfrost
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Two plays
Saturday a bunch of us saw a Harvard production of Proof at the Loeb Ex (which stands for Experimental, which means it's where the normal shows are). I found three of the four actors to mesh well together; the fourth seemed a little different (more oratational, less natural? I didn't think he he was worse, just different...), but then it turned out he was mostly imaginary and crazy to boot, so it stopped bothering me. I liked the arguments; they felt real. The math didn't feel real at all, mostly because the script avoided using any with a ten foot pole. ("This could mean actual *advances* in the field of SCIENCE" -justom quoting from Lost Skeleton of Cadavra). The Harvard productions at the Ex seem to try very hard to fit everyone in, which means an extra ten minutes at the beginning while they drag in more chairs. I always find that a little surprising, just because nobody else does that. But I suppose it's nice of them. :)

Sunday was Amerika at the Loeb Mainstage (which means it's where the crazy experimental shows are because that's what the ART does). In this case, it was a little bit of very nice singing surrounded by two and a half hours of Kafka-flavored "what the hell?" The lying/wriggling on the floor streak is still unbroken. The actors were good, but I still don't have anything sensible to say about the play.

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firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: July 10th, 2005 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

"experimental"

justom takes issue with my use of "experimental" with respect to the Mainstage shows. I retract it and substitute "crazy and baffling." (Amerika wasn't very crazy, just baffling, though.)
chanaleh From: chanaleh Date: July 11th, 2005 07:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad someone besides me quotes that line from Lost Skeleton. :-)

And yeah, Amerika mystified us too. In that I-need-a-shower-now kind of way that I remembered from seeing Crumb at the Coolidge.
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