The Train Driver OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    September 9, 2012
    Closing:
    September 23, 2012

    Theater: Signature Theatre / 555 West 42nd. St., New York, NY,

    Synopsis: 

    Roelf, a train driver, has spent weeks searching for the identities of a mother and child he unintentionally killed with his train. After a fruitless journey through shanty towns, he encounters an old gravedigger named Simon who helps the desperate man unburden his conscience. Based on a true story, The Train Driver is a soulful exploration of guilt, suffering, and the powerful bonds that grow between strangers.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Train Driver

    In Tortured Empathy, a Ghost Hovers

    Charles Isherwood

    September 9, 2012: A ghost haunts the graveyard setting of “The Train Driver,” the latest play by Athol Fugard, which opened Sunday night at the Pershing Square Signature Center in a production directed by the playwright. This particular specter is made of flesh and blood. Roelf Visagie (Ritchie Coster) is unquestionably a living man, and yet there is something hollowed out about his presence, as if the soul that once inhabited his body has withered away, leaving an echoing emptiness behind.

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