East West Theater’s staging of Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story and Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter will provide Shanghai with a double-dose of theater of theater of theater of theater of the absurd, to kick off their new performance season.
We can’t tell you much, there’s nothing, to tell, it’s been told, but. We can tell you that both plays are reminiscent of Waiting for Godot and I’m Not Rappaport, in that they’re both works featuring two men alone on a stage, musing back and forth on the nature of existence and other first-world semantics.
For the uninitiated, Edward Albee and Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter both stand as giants of the post-war phase of theater, in which the stage (along with pretty much the whole spectrum of artistic mediums) became a cathartic forum that raised philosophical questions and ruffled polite sensibilities, in the wake of Enormous World Events that occurred in the 20th Century’s first half.
It’s the perfect evening balm for an energy-sapping dreary day like it was today, basically. And plus it’s free! Now excuse us while we go slap a fish on the cheek with our knitted-wool sock.
FREE (Donations gratefully received) // 8pm (Saturday matinee at 2pm) // Running through Sunday, October 16th // Downstream Garage // 3rd floor, No.100, Lane 200 Longcao Road (龙漕路200弄100号3楼)