Samara OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Caitlin Ochs
  • Opening Night:
    April 16, 2017
    Closing:
    May 7, 2017

    Theater: Soho Repertory / 46 Walker Street, New York, NY, 10013

    Synopsis: 

    On the fringes of the frontier, a messenger embarks on an arduous journey to collect a debt from a man he’s never met. Friends set out to atone for a mistake that can’t be undone. Strangers look for a little bit of comfort wherever they can find it.

    featuring Becca Blackwell, Vinie Burrows, Steve Earle, Roy Faudree, Ivan Goff, Modesto Flako Jimenez, Matthew Korahais, Paul Lazar, Jasper Newell, and Anna Wray

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  • NY TIMES REVIEW OF Samara

    Lost and Found in a Steve Earle Soundscape in ‘Samara’

    Ben Brantley

    April 16, 2017: Even the air aches with mystery in Richard Maxwell’s “Samara,” a sense of life as a teasing and unresolvable riddle. The sounds that saturate this hypnotic fable of a play, which opened on Sunday in a Soho Rep production, suggest the music that fills your mind when you’ve been encased in silence for too long – the sort of noises your imagination might conjure if you were lost for days in a desert. Such a landscape is the setting for this uncanny tale of nomads adrift, directed by Sarah Benson and featuring an exquisitely subliminal score by the country-rock eminence Steve Earle. And as is usual in recent works by Mr. Maxwell, one of the great original voices of experimental theater of the past several decades, “Samara” seems to be situated at the corner of the everyday and eternity, where the earth meets the sky and mortality is a force of gravity. “Old land, wild land,” is how a character called the Manan (Becca Blackwell) describes the view. “I can still see pagan and enchanted time, back to Arab time. Uncontrollable desires, relieved and saved, held by, barely contained by God, and magic never quite quelled.”

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