The Evening OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    March 12, 2015
    Closing:
    March 28, 2015

    Theater: The Kitchen / 512 W 19th St, New York, NY, 10011

    Synopsis: 

    The Kitchen and Performance Space 122 present the New York premiere of "The Evening" by celebrated playwright-director Richard Maxwell. "The Evening" is the first installment of a Divine Comedy-inspired triptych that charts a journey across landscapes, toward redemption. This elegiac and musical work concerns three archetypes: a fighter, a corrupt manager, and a prostitute, as they clash and reckon with one another in a remote dive bar.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Evening

    In Richard Maxwell’s ‘The Evening,’ Going Gentle Into the Night, or Not

    Ben Brantley

    March 17, 2015: Everybody knows that life ends in death. And for much of our waking hours, we do our best to push this awareness to the very back of our minds. There are times, though, when such kindly amnesia isn’t possible. And then everything we look at is suddenly and abruptly heightened by the sense that existence is defined by extinction. “The Evening,” Richard Maxwell’s beautiful new play at the Kitchen, takes place in the glare of such illumination. Mr. Maxwell, who in his late 40s is perhaps the greatest American experimental theater auteur of his generation, was working on this play as his father was dying. And “The Evening” begins with a first-person prologue, read by Cammisa Buerhaus, that describes his father’s last days, hours and minutes. Some of this introduction is an unvarnished account of that period that will be familiar to anyone who has held vigil at a death bed: an itemizing of pills and paraphernalia, time-inverting schedules, struggling half-conversations and those final assertions of strength that we read with pathetic hope as victories of the will to live.

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