Germinal OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    January 6, 2016
    Closing:
    January 9, 2016

    Theater: The Public Theater / 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY, 10003

    Synopsis: 

    On an empty stage, four intrepid performers begin to construct the world from scratch. With ingenious theater magic, they gleefully invent laws of physics, philosophy, music, language, and social interaction. One of the most talked-about pieces in the international performance circuit in recent years, Germinal uses the theater as a whimsical metaphor for human civilization.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Germinal

    ‘Germinal’ Sheds a Light on Creativity and All Creation

    Ben Brantley

    January 7, 2016: Let there be light, for starters. That’s the classic way to begin things, right? And so light there is in the first, teasing moments of “Germinal,” a delightful work out of France and Belgium that opened on Wednesday night at the Public Theater as one of the inaugural productions of this year’s Under the Radar Festival of experimental performance. But don’t expect an instant flood of illumination. Light arrives, instead, in fitful bursts out of the great dark void in which the audience initially finds itself in this more than clever production, conceived and directed by Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort. Brightness stumbles, beckons and retreats, materializing in phantasmal pools and slivers that evaporate almost as soon as we’ve seen them.

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