Six Characters In Search of an Author

Nov. 10—Dec. 9 $10–$35
Artisphere
1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA
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(703) 875-1100
WSC Avant Bard's production of Six Characters in Search of an Author is mounted for theater geeks, by theater geeks, with a little crossover room for literary theorists and philosophers. There are many reasons why Luigi Pirandello's play is more studied than staged, not all of which WSC manages to overcome. The script calls for a minimum of 18 actors, including two children. WSC successfully pared the cast to 14, and recruited two kids. The company also makes excellent use of the Artisphere’s black box. (Be prepared for a cast member to plop down next to you.) But the actual acting is very, very tricky. The six characters who interrupt the rehearsal have a lot of baggage, and here, this metadrama occasionally becomes too much of a melodrama. (RJR)

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