The Antipodes OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • Opening Night:
    April 23, 2017
    Closing:
    June 4, 2017

    Theater: Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center / 480 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10019

    Synopsis: 

    A play about people telling stories about telling stories. Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker, who The New York Times has called “one of the freshest and most talented dramatists to emerge Off Broadway in the past decade,” returns for the second production of her Signature residency with The Antipodes.

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  • NY TIMES REVIEW OF The Antipodes

    ‘The Antipodes’ and Ambiguous Brainstorming

    Ben Brantley

    April 23, 2017: Just exactly how many kinds of stories are there, anyway? The tallies vary in “The Antipodes,” Annie Baker’s in-all-ways fabulous new play about professional fabulators in pursuit of the ultimate yarn. One character in this endlessly fascinating work, which opened on Sunday in a Signature Theater production, puts the number of variations at 10. Another insists it’s six. And still another has come up with 36 versions, though when he itemizes them, he only reaches 19. Whatever the quantity, it’s hard to imagine a work that touches on as many of those possibilities as “The Antipodes,” or makes as strong a case for the pervasiveness of storytelling in all aspects of our existence. What’s more, unlike her perpetually thwarted characters, who chase their ideas with the exasperation of dogs running after their tails, Ms. Baker delivers a complete and confident narrative. Now “complete” may not be the term you’d apply to a play as steeped in ambiguities as this one. “The Antipodes” portrays a never-ending brainstorming session for unspecified purposes in an unspecified place.

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