Wednesday, July 25, 2018

A Dark Night of the Soul

4.48 Psychosis

Written by Sarah Kane
Directed by Robert Estes
Choreography by Bridgette Loriaux
Performed by Anastasia Barron, Jody Christian, Adrian Deane

Anton’s Well Theater Company
at Temescal Arts Center
511 48th Street, Oakland

Until August 5, 2018


The demons come out at night.

You may know these demons, the ones that wake you from sleep and swirl around you in a unstoppable whirlwind of anger, remorse, panic, pain and confusion.

Playwright Sarah Kane knew them all too well. In 4.48 Psychosis, written shortly before her suicide in 1999, Kane expressed her interior world not with pat narrative, three-act structure, or even dialog; instead, her sparse, 24-scene script is a streaming fugue of images, impressions, and snatches of conversations that comprise the mind-churning prelude to breakdown.
Jody Christian, Anastasia Barron, Adrian Deane (Jane Shamaeva)

Anton’s Well Theater Company has brought 4.48 Psychosis to a small studio at Temescal Arts Center in Oakland. Director Robert Estes and choreographer Bridgette Loriaux create a visceral and verbal experience where three brilliant performers (Anastasia Barron, Jody Christian, and Adrian Deane) dance, interact, intertwine, explode, recoil and literally throw themselves against the wall while uttering lines like “Built to be lonely/to love the absent/Find me/Free me/from this/corrosive doubt/futile despair/horror in repose…” or “What do you offer your friends to make them so supportive?”

4.48 Psychosis is no easy piece of theater; there is no neat resolution or comic relief. It is an intense glimpse into a very dark night of the soul rendered beautifully.


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