John (TCG Edition)


John (TCG Edition) Author Annie Baker
ISBN-10 1559365293
ISBN-13 9781559365291
Year 2016-07-05
Pages 160
Language English
Publisher Theatre Communications Group
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Annie Bakers John is so good on so many levels that it casts a unique and brilliant light By not rushing thingsby letting the characters develop as gradually and inevitably as rain or snowfallBaker returns us to the naturalistic but soulful theatre that many of her contemporaries and near contemporaries have disavowed in their rush to be postmodern New YorkerJohn like any great play raises a lot of questionsnot just about the human experience but also about the state of contemporary theater it doesnt provide many answers it is not the playwrights responsibility to do so In John she co opts the viewer for her own aesthetic use heightening the tension onstage and deepening the quiet relationships between her characters Through John she displays an understanding that the audience is part of the theatrical experience an inevitability as certain as a Chekhovian gun SlateThe week after Thanksgiving A bed breakfast in Gettysburg Pennsylvania A cheerful innkeeper A young couple struggling to stay together Thousands of inanimate objects watching The description by the playwright of the setting is simple but Annie Bakers compelling new work is revolutionary in theme and structure and challenges the boundaries of what theatre can be A kind of magical super realism permeates throughout this quietly evolving tale with both the actors and the audience fully vested together in a mesmerizing exploration of the frailty and loneliness of human experience

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