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Marat/Sade(in Russian)
in New Haven

Subject: Marat/Sade
Date: 30 Jun 2001 08:01:40 EDT

I don't know what your in-the-area is but the latest, albeit the final production will be this evening at Chapel and York in New Haven as part of the Arts and Ideas Festival. Their schedule for this today is

6/30/01 Artist-in-Conversation with TheatreWorks
New Haven Theatre Company
Marat and Marquis De Sade
Summer Cabaret at Yale
Kiss Me, Kate
Kiss Me, Kate
Artist-in-Conversation Yale University Theater
Marat and Marquis De Sade
The Continuum: Beyond the Killing Fields
The Continuum: Beyond the Killing Fields

I think their website is

It is advertised as a mad cap acrobatic production of the Peter Weiss play. Several issues: it is in Russian and the music is not the same as the American productions (15 Glorious Years!) The attempt to translate the words being spoken was unnerving: for the surtitles they used the text from the play (I am not where I can give the translator credit) and was not in sync with what was being said by the actors. Had the feeling of a Japanese lipsynced Blue Man bit. The music to be kind eclectic: mostly jazz, "These are a few of my favorite things" slipped in and for too many times (including an unrousing encore) long backs (an unflash back) of hoofing Riverdance. Think of an aging Al Martino (as the director of the Asylum) crooning and Mrs. Tan's Second Floor Dance Class balancing on the jungle gym.

The director made the choice to repeat an effective blocking until the audience starts the count to see how many times he thinks he can get away with it. The aristocrats sitting in their box seats were perhaps as bored as I was watching and they joined the inmates with their own taps in more dancing but this time not Riverdance or even Creekdance - Marques of the Dance. But I do go on.

It was an off night at the O'Neill Theater Conference in Waterford, CT . Two of us set off for New Haven. He chose Translations by the Abbey Theatre which was a Long Wharf and I because I have loved the play M/S (from the longest title to the shortest) went foreign

The staged performances started last night with a translation by Michael Feingold of Giraudoux's "Sodom and Gomorrah) and continues on with 14 additional plays thru July 22. Tonight is "Frame 312" by Keith Reddin.

For a second to promote the O'Neill, it is a new play conference and each production is given two readings after a four day rehearsal process. Equity actors with a professional director and dramaturg, the main purpose is to have the writer hear his own words. Rewrites are possible up until one hour before the production. There are four performance spaces on site, a theater overnight camp surging with an energy that has me tolerating no hot water this morning, monkish dorms and

As for Marat/Sade it was not one of my favorite things.

Joe Coyne

Arts and Ideas Festival (Part 1 and Part 2) (till 30 June)
Chapel and York Streets, NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT

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