Wednesday, January 11, 2012

"Hypnotik: The Seer Will Doctor You Now," Directed by Ildiko Nemeth, Through January 15

In an intimate theater, a showman clairvoyant brings his subjects to the stage and promises his audience a spectacle of “raw shame.” One by one he entrances his chosen ones, leading them to reveal their most abject and malignant drives. But when no redemptive moment follows, the audacious seer must confront his own worst visions.
Loosely based on the story of Erik Jan Hanussen, Hitler's Jewish Clairvoyant (as detailed in a book by the the amazing Mel Gordon), this play, directed by Ildiko Nemeth, is a subtle, troubling and thought-provoking meditation on entertainment, shame, and hubris in decadent times. With gorgeous costumes evoking a kind of space-age 1930s, inventive staging that achieves--with minimal resources--a true and creepy uncanniness at times, and excellent acting, this is a really a really fascinating piece that transcends its limitations and lingers with you.

You can find out more--and buy tickets--by clicking here. You can find out more about Mel Gordon's book by clicking here.

Image: Photo by Markus Hirnigel, Collage by Jessica Sofia Mitrani

1 comment:

acep hale said...

There's a new book out about Hanussen, Nazi Seance by Arthur Magida. I grabbed it on my last book buying spree but have yet to crack it. (I'm not surprised the first review I found on google came from Baltimore):