Posterity OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    February 25, 2015
    Closing:
    April 5, 2015

    Theater: Atlantic Theater / 336 West 20th Street, New York, NY, 10011

    Synopsis: 

    "Posterity" explores the nature of artistic success and the fear of being forgotten as Norway’s most celebrated sculptor prepares to commission a portrait of Henrik Ibsen. The playwright proves to be a hot-tempered, sitter, and the two wage war over his legacy.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Posterity

    Doug Wright’s ‘Posterity,’ a Portrait of Ibsen

    Charles Isherwood

    March 15, 2015: An impeccable performance by the Australian actor John Noble lends gravity and a measure of emotional depth to “Posterity,” the new play written and directed by Doug Wright about Henrik Ibsen in his later days. With his face fringed in imposing whiskers, his brow stormy with incipient outrage, and a Grinch-like grimace almost cemented in place, Mr. Noble does a formidable job of making a flesh-and-blood figure of Ibsen, renowned for his standoffishness and chilliness in public, if not in private. Mr. Noble’s achievement is the more remarkable given the speechy and artificial nature of Mr. Wright’s drama, one of those “portrait of the artist as a genius with feet of clay” plays, similar to John Logan’s “Red,” about the painter Mark Rothko. Mr. Wright, who won the Pulitzer Prize for “I Am My Own Wife,” clearly has brushed up on his subject from all angles. But “Posterity” feels like a minimally animated study in theatrical history. It fails to achieve the lifelikeness, not to mention the dramatic intensity, that Ibsen bequeathed as a legacy, or rather one of his legacies, to modern playwriting.

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