Friday & Saturday, October 10-11, 2014
October 10th and 11th brings THAT’S ABSURD the Readers Theatre Rep stage, with Eugene Ionesco’s The Lesson, directed by David Berkson.
Starring as the seemingly harmless professor is Todd Van Voris in his first role on RTR’s boards.
Berkson says the play is well-suited to the darkling month of October. “’The Lesson’ is a perfect show for Halloween,” he says. “Re-reading the play, it hit me how closely Ionesco’s plot follows the scenario of the traditional horror story: a young girl comes to the isolated dwelling of a renowned and seemingly benevolent man of science and reason. But when the mask of civilization is stripped away, fear and insanity rule.”
A very dark heart lies hidden in the tale’s breakneck humor as the bumbling professor’s warm parlor descends into a chamber of horror, and his kindness becomes dangerously cruel. “But yet, Ionesco still makes us laugh,” says Berkson, adding “’The Lesson’ is a very funny play. Then again, so is most of Gothic Horror.”
The cast includes Jordin Bradley, Christy Drogosch, and Todd Van Voris.
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