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THE SUN ALSO RISES (THE SELECT) NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW
Opening Night: September 15, 2010
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Travel 1920s Europe with a group of weary, aimless, and frequently inebriated American ex-patriates searching for identity, redemption, and diversion. Acclaimed New York ensemble Elevator Repair Service brings The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway's first major novel, to the stage using only the novel's words to create a full theatrical production. Imbued with the ensemble's trademark sound design, highly energized choreography, and live, re-imagined bullfighting, this classic of American literature is given the immediacy found only in live performance.
A stage littered with liquor bottles and cafe chairs seamlessly transforms itself from the bistros of Paris to the banks of the Irati River; a long bar table roars to life and charges a champion matador; an out of control dance party takes off during a night of nonstop revelry. As The Sun Also Rises winds its way through France and Spain and lands in Pamplona where bullfighting and the fiesta rage in the streets, Hemingway's narrator carries the heavy burdens of a war injury and his inability to have the woman he loves; a woman whose amorous escapades he follows with bemused but painful fatalism.
For Whom the Glass Is Always Half-Empty
By BEN BRANTLEY
Published: September 16, 2010
"PHILADELPHIA — Time is measured in martinis in “The Sun Also Rises,” Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel of expatriate life in Europe as one long bender. Well, martinis and Pernod and beer and Champagne and bottle after bottle of rough Spanish wine. The religiously efficient Hemingway didn’t bother wasting his terse lyricism on descriptions of drinks, usually just listing the kinds and quantities instead. Alcohol, you see, is the very element through which his characters move, and you might as well try describing oxygen. "
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