The Tailor of Inverness OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    April 14, 2015
    Closing:
    May 3, 2015

    Theater: 59E59 Theaters / 59 East 59th St., New York, NY, 10022

    Synopsis: 

    Matthew Zajac's internationally acclaimed, multi-award-winning play is a story of a son's search for his father, a story of 20th century Europe, of how a boy who grew up on a farm in Galicia (Eastern Poland, now Western Ukraine) came to be a tailor in northern Scotland. A story of deception, identity and survival, "The Tailor of Inverness" has moved thousands across the world.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Tailor of Inverness

    ‘The Tailor of Inverness,’ a Father-Son Tale at Brits Off Broadway

    Alexis Soloski

    April 19, 2015: The writer and performer Matthew Zajac has a ghost story for you. And an adventure story and a detective story. It’s all the same story, which is apparently a true story and conveniently his own story — well, his and that of his father, Mateusz Zajac, who eventually settled in Inverness, Scotland, supporting his family with his sewing machine. What happens before that and also long after, as Matthew returns to Poland to spool back the lost threads of his father’s life, are the subjects of his impassioned but unfocused solo show, “The Tailor of Inverness,” the first entry in this season’s Brits Off Broadway festival. The younger Mr. Zajac stands on a mostly bare set in a tiny theater at 59E59. He has a thin face and a thin body, his hair recedes in a widow’s peak and square-framed glasses sit on his slightly hawklike nose. When he wears those glasses and speaks in an accent that’s part Eastern European and part Scottish, he’s playing his father. When he takes them off and adopts quieter, more English tones, he’s playing himself. There’s also a violinist, Aidan O’Rourke, always onstage, who supplies sound effects and accompanies Mr. Zajac when he sings Polish folk songs.

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