National Theatre, London
From Wed 17 Jan 2018 to Sat 3 Mar 2018 Events:
Annie Baker on John at National Theatre Clore Learning Centre
Fri 19 Jan 2018
The week after Thanksgiving.
A bed and breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A cheerful innkeeper. A young couple struggling to stay together. Thousands of inanimate objects, watching.
John, an uncanny play by Annie Baker, was first seen Off-Broadway in 2015. The play had its UK premiere at the National Theatre, London, in 2018, in a production directed by James Macdonald.
'John is positively gothic—mysteries within mysteries, ghost stories on top of ghost stories—without losing Baker’s power to zoom in on the peculiarities in the oblique and blunt ways of real people.'Newsday
'John is a haunting and haunted meditation on topics Baker has made so singularly her own: the omnipresence of loneliness in human life, and the troubled search for love and lasting connection.'Charles Isherwood - New York Times
'Annie Baker's John is so good on so many levels that it casts a unique and brilliant light... By not rushing things—by letting the characters develop as gradually and inevitably as rain or snowfall—Baker returns us to the naturalistic but soulful theater that many of her contemporaries and near-contemporaries have disavowed in their rush to be 'postmodern.''New Yorker
'Baker’s true masterpiece: an examination of the murkiness of human relationships in which one of those relationships is the one between an audience and a playwright… In John, Baker co-opts the viewer for her own aesthetic use, heightening the tension onstage and deepening the quiet relationships between her characters.'Slate
18 Jan 2018Size: 198mm x 129mm
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