|Sent on:||Friday, October 12, 2012 5:15 PM|
I just wanted all of you to know about something: The play that's on the schedule for our group to go and see in April, "The Ghost Sonata" at the Undermain Theatre, is VERY special.
For one thing, the fact that it is by August Strindberg is reason enough to go see it. August Strindberg is almost universally considered to be one of the greatest playwrights OF ALL TIME, and he's been a major influence on almost EVERY playwright who has come along since him.
But another big reason to see this play is the fact that, according to an article in "The Dallas Morning News" about a week ago, classic plays by the great playwrights of the past are almost never performed any more, EVEN IN NEW YORK. The article said that you really have to come to Dallas to see something like this Strindberg play. And the article went on to say, and I've noticed this myself, that, for the most part (plays by Shakespeare are the only real exception), we are living in an age when the classic plays are ignored and theatre companies are, instead, opting for productions of crowd-pleasers and plays calculated to generate large ticket sales.
So, my point is, this play is something that is a rare opportunity. You'd likely find it , or something like it, hard to find even in New York! I've read "The Ghost Sonata", and it IS an amazing work. And The Dallas Morning News critic describes it as "one of the seminal works of early modern theatre." And, since our group loves classic movies, we should certainly enjoy one of the great classic plays.
So why don't you mark this on your calendar for April and plan to come? - David Molnar