Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Hysteria in Shanghai

This past weekend, I saw one of the best performances I have ever seen. Hysteria is a funny, funny play, and I don't think I have ever seen such remarkable timing from a troupe of actors and technicians. The use of the actors' bodies, lighting, sound, and even audience participation, all work to make the show top-notch. The script is brilliant, but would also be very easy to botch. The group from Inspector Sands didn't botch it at all, but played it out perfectly.

But the play is not only funny. It also has a lot of depth to it, and will certainly make you think long and think deeply.

If you get a chance to see this play inspired by T. S. Eliot's poem of the same name, don't miss it. This really was one of the best performances I've ever been to (and I've been to a fair number).

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