Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Headman's Holiday--Recommended, Closes This Weekend
Dear friends -There is an extraordinary show at Theater Alliance which closes this weekend. It is a play the likes of which, quite simply, I'm not sure we will ever see again.
Headsman's Holiday is written by Hungarian playwright Kornel Hamvia. To have seen this play before, you would have had to visit the Czech Republic or Finland. Philadelphia director Aaron Posner heard rumors of it while he was in Hungary, and eventually worked up this exuberant stage version. We are the only city fortunate enough to see this play. It takes place during one of the most chaotic times in the history of the world. The French Revolution has just occurred and the people have taken over Paris. A popular executioner must pick up his transfer papers in a city where no one holds onto his position for very long.
This gorgeous production proceeds at a breathtaking pace. It is extremely funny, thought provoking, artistically daring, innovatively staged and features an ensemble of 13 gifted actors portraying more than 50 memorable characters. The show does contain brief nudity, two sexually explicit scenes, and the language is at times coarse, if that is a consideration for you. Among all the plays you see this season, this one will stand out.
I hope you can see Headsman's Holiday before it closes this Sunday.
Heaven forfend they should make it easy for the audience to find the theater by writing out directions from the Metro, or for giving pointers to parking. That would be too easy! We are Washingtonians and are used to foraging for good theater.
Incidentally, Lorraine has no connection with the production or the playhouse. She just admired the show.
It's not rocket science and might acquaint people with the neighborhood. This is not a small thing when it comes to H Street NE.
Just a suggestion.
My previous post got lost in the blogosphere--hope this makes it.