Just wanted to start a thread for the new/old/revised Kushner play at The Public. First preview was last night - was anyone there? Thoughts on the play or cast? Running time?
Overly long on multiple levels! They claim a running time of 2:45 but it was 3 hours for the first preview. The first act was painfully long for me, though the second act was slightly redeeming.
SouthernCakes said: "Which space is this in? I was there 2 weeks ago for Soft Power and the whole venue seemed packed. Is it in the really small downstairs theater?"Anspacher
JeffDaEgg2 said: "Overly long on multiple levels! They claim a running time of 2:45 but it was 3 hours for the first preview. The first act was painfully long for me, though the second act was slightly redeeming."So...not really a fan?
My eyes just glazed at one point for like an hour. Not exactly entertaining and very, very long.
ooof, I will be selling my ticket
ModernMillie3 said: "My eyes just glazed at one point for like an hour. Not exactly entertaining and very, very long."I always feel so bad when that happens with a show that I see. And tbh, I've found that a lot of times that has happened with shows I've seen there. Not a lot, but several.
BIG BALONEY said: "freezers of scenes"Huh?
Ahh, Ok, thanks for sorting me out. I thought it was some weird autocorrect I couldn't parse.
I'm seeing this Nov. 17, and I hope they've made some cuts by then.
This can be a tough one to get right. I was first introduced to it with a solid college black box production. It moved surprisingly fast because they kept Zillah onstage (technically, on a platform in the back of the house) the whole show. I take it this is a production of the Revisited text with Zillah and Xillah instead of just Zillah
I saw it the other night. It's definitely Tony Kushner putting everything he can into one play, but without the mastery he reached with "Angels in America" five years later. There's a new layer that takes place in the present, with the playwright looking back and commenting on his work -- it gets a little Pirandellian and goes on a little long, but it's interesting. The actors are all wonderful. The performance I saw was the second preview -- I hope it tightens up a bit, because it does feel too long. (Three hours with one intermission.) The audience was split: There were quite a few empty seats after the intermission, but some of those who stayed gave it a standing ovation. An imperfect work, but worth seeing (and talking about), I think.
Correct, both Zillah and Xillah are there. I'm also pretty sure that Kushner has made even more updates for this production (based on Oskar Eustis' note in the Playbill, and the many references to Trump and other events). It felt to me like the play was trying to get a lot of "we agree!" applause, which fortunately didn't happen. I'm personally sick of topical lines that beg for applause when we all know that 99% of the people in the audience have similar points of view on Trump, etc (myself included).On a very different note, I'm hoping that they figured out the logistics for the fire that's used in this. It's on for an extended period of time at one point and the gas fumes were overwhelming. It smelled like the theatre was about to explode! It couldn't have been healthy, either...
"I thought I'd really dislike it but am happy to say I did not. I would encourage people to go. And pay attention."What if we are tired of being hit over the head with the obvious?
The Other One said: ""I thought I'd really dislike it but am happy to say I did not.I would encourage people to go. And pay attention."What if we are tired of being hit over the head with the obvious?"Stop paying attention?
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