The Elder Statesman

April 25—May 19 $55–$60
Washington Stage Guild at Undercroft Theatre
900 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC
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(240) 582-0050
A distinguished man who wants nothing more than to fade away unnoticed after a respected public career is not allowed to go gently in T.S. Eliot’s rarely-produced verse drama. Forcing the title character to confront long-buried memories of his own less-than-honorable behavior is the point, with Eliot working from a blueprint of Greek tragedy (the plot is loosely based on Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus). There is, though, sparkling banter along the way, in verse that’s light, conversational, and often – as when a rest-home matron positively bellows “peace and quiet is our raison d’etre” – pretty funny in Bill Largess’ nimble mounting. (BM)

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