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BEAUTIFUL BURNOUT NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW

Opening Night: March 1, 2011

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Perfect Crime Off-Broadway

 

Inspired during St. Ann's acclaimed engagement of Black Watch, Frantic Assembly and National Theatre of Scotland's Beautiful Burnout is about the soul sapping three-minute rounds that determine which young men become gods and which gods become mortal. Conceived by Frantic Assembly directors, Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett, and written by Tony-nominated playwright Bryony Lavery (Frozen), Beautiful Burnout was instigated by Hoggett's observations of young boxers in training at Brooklyn's famous Gleason's Gym, where he became intrigued with both the beauty and brutality in the movement and distress of the live boxers. It resonated with the authentic drilling and soldiering he explored so brilliantly as choreographer of Black Watch, coupled with similar issues among working class youth seeking transcendent ways to escape, in this case, through amateur fighting. Set in a Glasgow boxing ring, with a powerful soundscape by Underworld, Beautiful Burnout is a stunning immersion in the visceral world of boxing that "surely, is the closest that dance-drama will ever come to the contact sport itself." (The Independent)

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Hoping to Punch a Path to Glory

*By CHARLES ISHERWOOD
Published: March 1, 2011

"An argument over style and substance erupts at a climactic point in “Beautiful Burnout,” a new play from Scotland about amateur boxers aiming for glory that opened on Tuesday night at St. Ann’s Warehouse. A hotshot young fighter thinks his unique style will carry him to the top. His domineering coach is having none of it. Hard work, proper training and strict obedience are the keys, he gruffly insists."

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