Circle Mirror Transformation
Peter Jay Sharp Theater
When four lost New Englanders enrolled in Marty’s community center drama class experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. Annie Baker’s new comedy is a beautifully crafted diorama, a petri dish in which we see, with terrific detail and clarity, the hilarious sadness of a motley quintet.
Scenic Designer & Costume Designer David Zinn
Lighting Designer Mark Barton
Sound Designer Leah Gelpe
Production Stage Manager Alaina Taylor
Photos of (1) Tracee Chimo, Deirdre O'Connell, Heidi Schreck, Reed Birney, and Peter Friedman; (2) Deirdre O'Connell, Heidi Schreck, Tracee Chimo, and Reed Birney; (3) Reed Birney and Heidi Schreck; and (4) Deirdre O'Connell, Tracee Chimo, and Peter Friedman by Joan Marcus.
Circle Mirror Transformation is the kind of unheralded gem that sends people into the streets babbling and bright-eyed with the desire to spread the word. I know this because I have been accosted by more than one bright-eyed babbler. Although I was traveling just as it opened, friends and colleagues — and in one case, a theater-obsessed maitre d’ — urged me to make my way to the small Peter Jay Sharp Theater, right this minute, to bask in the enchantment. Bask I did recently, and emerged with the same giddy sense of discovery, the same almost proprietary need to ensure that this small, quirky, immensely lovable new play does not go unnoticed by theatergoers in perennial search of fresh voices and boundary-bending experiments.—Charles Isherwood, New York Times |Read Full Article
Annie Baker: I hate talking about my work. The first reason is the obvious one, and it applies to writing about my work, too: I think that the play should speak for itself. Reason number two is more embarrassing—I’m just a really nervous person and I hate the sound of my own voice and I regret everything that I’ve said two seconds after I’ve said it.