Thursday, November 19, 2009

'Brief Encounter' has a special run at St. Ann's

Noël Coward’s “Brief Encounter” makes its New York premiere in Brooklyn next month.

An adaptation of the 1946 film of the same name, the play, directed by David Lean and based on “Still Life,” a Noël Coward one-act first seen a decade earlier, begins its five-week run at St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO December 2, with an official opening and party on December 6.

In this special run, Kneehigh’s Artistic Director Emma Rice has returned to Coward’s original play to rediscover elements that were discarded from the legendary film script.

Switching seamlessly between live theater and remade film footage, Brief Encounter takes audiences back to a bygone age of romance and the silver screen. The production careens around varying moods of clipped, clenched passion heaving under the middle-class restraint of the duty-bound Alec and Laura, and the wild music-hall exuberance of the slap-and-tickle high jinks of two other clandestine couples among the railway station staff.

The lives and loves of the three couples are played out in the train station tearoom as a grand entertainment, using the words (some newly set to original music) and familiar songs of Noël Coward to create a breathtaking, funny and tear-inducing show with live musicians on stage, characters jumping in and out of film screens, and a couple in love floating in mid-air.

The show runs from December 2 to January 3. Tickets range from $30 to $80, with tickets to the opening night performance and party on December 6 $125.

For more information, call 718-254-8779. St. Ann’s Warehouse is located at 38 Water Street.

Photo by Steve Tanner


Anonymous,  August 24, 2010 at 12:24 PM  

This sounds great, I really love those shows. I recently been to one of it with a friend of mine and he told me that this famous director Lean likes to visit Viagra Online 'cause of his dysfunctional problems.

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