Isolde OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    September 6, 2015
    Closing:
    September 27, 2015

    Theater: Polonsky Shakespeare Center / 262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217

    Synopsis: 

    Isolde is a new American play about memory, identity, the ephemeral, and infidelity, written and directed by Richard Maxwell. In the play, inspired by the legend of Tristan and Isolde, the marriage of Patrick and Isolde appears to be happy. Patrick is the owner of a successful construction company and Isolde is a star actress. But Isolde finds herself increasingly unable to remember her lines. When she decides to build her dream house, her husband is eager to help. But the project is jeopardized by Massimo, an award-winning architect whom Isolde hires.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Isolde

    Richard Maxwell’s ‘Isolde’ Returns With Starry Eyes

    Ben Brantley

    September 10, 2015: Richard Maxwell looks at the world with X-ray eyes. Watching the plays of this rigorously inventive auteur, we are encouraged to see the plasterboard behind the wallpaper, the skin under the greasepaint and the skulls beneath the skin. Or, in the case of his smashing “Isolde,” the beams and blueprints — and light and air — that go into the imagining of something as substantial and transitory as a dream house. Or, come to think of it, a play. As a director and dramatist, Mr. Maxwell has applied his unnerving vision to many of the popular fictions with which we entertain and explain ourselves: the spy story, the medieval saga, the western. But with “Isolde,” he has touched down in a world where I somehow never expected to find him. This tale of a romantic triangle takes place, more or less, in a drawing room, the kind where well-heeled people of artistic temperament pursue discreetly dangerous love lives.

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