Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New Review: The Grand Inquisitor

This review for New York Press actually went up over a week ago -- apologies for not posting this much sooner.

Here's the tease:

An intoxicating mood wafts down upon the audience during the final minutes of The Grand Inquisitor, the first new production by legendary director Peter Brook to arrive in the U.S. since the inscrutable Tierno Bokar, a meditation on tolerance, in 2005. A dramatization of a cerebral swath of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, the piece, co-presented by New York Theatre Workshop and Theatre for a New Audience, leaves you simultaneously energized and paralyzed by fear, qualities that would normally work in opposition to each other. Seeing The Grand Inquisitor during the same week we elected president a man that some call a political messiah, this tale of a mandarin of the Spanish Inquisition interrogating, mocking and lambasting Jesus Christ isn’t just timely, it’s ironic.

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