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A (RADICALLY CONDENSED AND EXPANDED) SUPPOSEDLY FUN THING I’LL NEVER DO AGAIN (AFTER DAVID FOSTER WALLACE) NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW
Opening Night: March 22, 2012
Did He Like It?*
Drawing exclusively from audio recordings of David Foster Wallace (readings he gave of his short fiction, essays, and an extensive interview he did for German television), director Daniel Fish and an ensemble of 5 actors seek to re-create the amazing presence Wallace brought to everything he wrote about, be it professional tennis, a boy's thirteenth birthday, or America's obsession with entertainment. Individual listening devices serve as functioning props, delivering the text live to the actors in performance. The selection, order, and tempo of the recordings are mixed live. Wallace is not a character in the piece. Rather, his work as translated by the performers is like the garment of a dear, dead friend: an artifact that simultaneously and dramatically evokes his presence and his absence, asking us: How present can we be? How generous in the way we experience the cacophony of our world?
Volleys of Words From a Writer of No Brevity
*By CHARLES ISHERWOOD
Published: March 25, 2012
"A field of bright yellow tennis balls greets audiences at the Chocolate Factory in Long Island City, Queens, where the director Daniel Fish and a cast of five are lobbing the words of the celebrated writer David Foster Wallace in staggering doses. The show, in which the performers repeat verbatim thick slices from Wallace’s nonfiction prose as well as interviews with him, bears the appropriately lengthy title “A (radically condensed and expanded) SUPPOSEDLY FUN THING I’LL NEVER DO AGAIN (after David Foster Wallace).”"
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