Pericles and the Theatre for a New Audience

Milton-Glaser-8( Milton Glaser’s poster for TFANA.

outside( What drew us to Brooklyn was the opportunity to see Trevor Nunn’s trevor-nunn_tfana( work on “Pericles” at Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA); what kept us there was a splendid production in a gorgeous house that looks like a modernized Globe Theater insideinside 2 ( the Polonsky Shakespeare Center. (Rory in his Sean O’Casey look)Rory2Trevor Nunn directed what remains to this day to be our own greatest theatrical experience, “Nicholas Nickleby.” Nunn dedicated the production to the memory of the late Roger Rees, whom we first saw in “Nickleby” and whose illustrious career we followed until the end.roger-rees-nicholas-nickleby (cbsnews.coom) He also directed “Cats” and “Les Miz” in New York and of course, many productions in London. His mark was clearly on “Pericles,” transforming it from one of W.S.’s least acclaimed works into a fantastical and wonderful story complete with glorious songs, chorus, instrumentalists, bands and dances provided by composer Shaun Davey and the talents of the Pigpen Theatre Co. curtain with moonShakespeare was said to have written only the last act; his collaborator, George Wilkins, the rest of it including some bawdy interpolations by Nunn, but enough is there to remind us of the great one.What we didn’t know, more shame to us, is that TFANA stages two full Shakespeare plays each year plus two other classic theater productions. This past year, in addition to “Pericles,” they mounted “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and will shortly be doing Thornton Wilder’s adaptation of Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” and Strindberg’s “The Father.” Next year is “Hamlet.” They also produce “distinguished” contemporary plays.

cafeInside the beautiful glass entrance is a nice little cafe with high quality pastries; we can attest to this. If you haven’t been to Brooklyn’s cultural center recently, you owe it yourself to go. The Polonsky Shakespeare Center is diagonally opposite the Brooklyn Academy of Music and two tiny blocks from the Nevins Street station on the 2 or the 3 train.

26PERICLESSUB-facebookJumbo-v2( The quality of the performers is so good they have become regulars at the Royal Shakespeare Company in England and winners of all kinds of awards. The actors, including the very fine Christian Camargo, camargo ( speak an excellent English, no phony accents, but clear and articulate so you can hear and understand every word. There are training, education and lecture programs for actors, scholars, teachers, students, and audiences. Even full price, the ticket prices are moderate; because we went at the last minute, we were able to get TixToday seats for half price and they gave us the best seats in the house. You can buy a flex-pass package of four tickets for $216 to use in any combination–that comes out to $54/ticket, a value for top quality theater. This is a fine repertory theater, worthy of New York’s high standards and of our support. We will now be going regularly.








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