The past week’s international stage highlights, brought to you via the world’s foremost journalism.  Bard, the large language model from Google AI, provided information, insights, and materials for this article (facilitated by Bob Shuman).

  1. A HAUNTING REIMAGINING: “THE HOUSE OF USHER” OPENS AT YALE REP
  • Source:  Jesse Green, The New York Times, February 2, 2024
  • The Story:  Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling masterpiece receives a contemporary reimagining in “The House of Usher” at Yale Repertory Theatre. Directed by James Bundy, this haunting production delves into themes of family secrets, madness, and the enduring power of the past. Prepare to be unsettled by the evocative performances and atmospheric set design as the sins of the past come back to haunt the Usher family.
  • Playing at:  Yale Repertory Theatre, February 3 – February 25, 2024

  1. FERGUSON RISES IN “ANTIGONE IN FERGUSON”
  • Source:  Paul Taylor, The Independent, January 31, 2024; Photo: The Independent
  • The Story:  The timeless tragedy of “Antigone” takes on a powerful new resonance in “Antigone in Ferguson,” adapted by Emily Mann and directed by Nadia Latif at the Royal National Theatre. Set in contemporary Ferguson, Missouri, the play explores themes of race, justice, and community through the lens of this iconic story. Witness how the struggles of Antigone resonate with the fight for equality and social change in today’s world.
  • Playing atRoyal National Theatre, February 8 – April 6, 2024
  1. STONE’S SHARP WIT MEETS PINTER’S ABSURDITY IN “THE BIRTHDAY PARTY”
  • Source:  The Age, January 29, 2024
  • The Story:  Acclaimed director Simon Stone brings his signature sharp wit to Harold Pinter’s darkly comic masterpiece “The Birthday Party” at the Melbourne Theatre Company. The play follows Stanley, a seemingly ordinary man whose life is turned upside down by the arrival of two mysterious guests. Expect a suspenseful exploration of power, paranoia, and the absurdity of everyday life, delivered with Stone’s masterful direction and the captivating performances of the cast.
  • Playing at:  Melbourne Theatre Company, February 3 – March 3, 2024
  1. “SWEAT”: A PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING DRAMA RETURNS TO CHICAGO
  • Source:  Chicago Tribune, February 1, 2024
  • The Story:  The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Sweat” by Lynn Nottage returns to the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. This poignant play delves into the struggles of working-class families facing gentrification and economic hardship in Reading, Pennsylvania. Witness the impact of social change on their lives and relationships in this powerful and timely production.
  • Playing at:Steppenwolf Theatre Company, February 2 – March 31, 2024
  1. INTERNATIONAL CAST EXPLORES POWER DYNAMICS IN “THE CARETAKER”
  • Source:  Barbara Engelhardt, Der Tagesspiegel, January 31, 2024
  • The Story:  Harold Pinter’s classic exploration of power, manipulation, and identity, “The Caretaker,” receives a new international production at the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz in Berlin. Directed by Katie Mitchell, the play features a renowned cast from across Europe, promising a thought-provoking examination of human relationships and the fragility of sanity.
  • Playing at:Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, February 4 – March 10, 2024

  1. A DOLL’S HOUSE GETS A FRESH INTERPRETATION IN NORWAY
  • Source:  Eirik Stubø, Aftenposten, February 2, 2024; Photo: Aftenposten 
  • The Story:  Henrik Ibsen’s feminist masterpiece “A Doll’s House” takes on a new life under the innovative direction of Ellen Nielsen at the National Theatre of Norway. This fresh interpretation promises to explore Nora’s journey of self-discovery and challenge societal expectations placed upon women with a contemporary lens.
  • Playing at:  National Theatre of Norway, February 3 – March 15, 2024
  1. RYLANCE CAPTIVATES IN BUTTERWORTH’S “JERUSALEM”
  • Source:  Joost De Pauw, De Morgen, February 1, 2024
  • The Story:  Jez Butterworth’s darkly comic exploration of English rural life and social change returns in a production featuring the renowned Mark Rylance. Expect a captivating performance and a thought-provoking commentary on social and economic divides.
  • Playing at:  Antwerp, Belgium, February 2 – February 24, 2024
  1. THE CRUCIBLE: A TIMELY REVIVAL OF ARTHUR MILLER’S CLASSIC
  • Source:  Peter Crawley, The Irish Times, February 1, 2024
  • The Story:  Arthur Miller’s classic tale of witch hunts and mass hysteria gets a timely revival in this new production directed by Selina Cartmell at the Abbey Theatre. With its exploration of fear, manipulation, and the dangers of conformity, “The Crucible” resonates with audiences in today’s world grappling with issues of cancel culture and online mobs.
  • Playing at:  Abbey Theatre, February 3 – March 10, 2024

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