Thursday, March 23, 2006
The great thing about seeing a theater piece directed by Pavol Liska is that you never know what to expect. You go in to a work directed by Richard Foreman or Robert Wilson or Richard Maxwell with certain expatiations that are always fulfilled and while the work of those directors is respectable it does lack the element of surprise. Fragment is an assemblage of text fragments from the works of Sophocles and Euripides. As put together by Kelly Copper, these ancient passages are wonderfully relevant in our time of war and terrorism. Liska’s three actors debate these contemporary issues in modern dress while moving between two less-than-bountiful catering tables (one on either end of the playing area), which are themselves between the two sections of the audience, each facing the other. Of the three actors, long-time Liska collaborator Zachary Oberzan, works best within the framework of the conceit and best manages a necessary ease with the language. While Fragment may not be Pavol Liska best executed work, it is daring, challenging, adult work of theater.
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