The Killer

Theater

Drama

Fort Greene

Until Sun Jun 29

  • $$$
  • Photograph: Gerry Goodstein

    The Killer

  • Photograph: Gerry Goodstein

    The Killer

  • Photograph: Gerry Goodstein

    The Killer

  • Photograph: Gerry Goodstein

    The Killer

  • Photograph: Gerry Goodstein

    The Killer

  • Photograph: Gerry Goodstein

    The Killer

  • Photograph: Gerry Goodstein

    The Killer

  • Photograph: Gerry Goodstein

    The Killer

  • Photograph: Gerry Goodstein

    The Killer

  • Photograph: Gerry Goodstein

    The Killer

  • Photograph: Gerry Goodstein

    The Killer

Photograph: Gerry Goodstein

The Killer

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Jensene Godwin P

It seemed a prerequisite to read "The Killer" before my first venture into Ionesco territory.  The text is daunting and verbose, I found, prompting questions about how it might be brought to life.  Another review added to my doubts about spending three hours in such company.  But my concerns were completely dispelled by the current production at Theatre for a New Audience.  The casting is superb:  Michael Shannon's vivid portrayal of the haunted and excessive Beringer is pitch-perfect; Robert Stanton creates a sinister functionary as the Architect; and Kristine Nielsen adds welcome verve as the bossy Concierge and the frighteningly recognizable political opportunist, Ma Piper.  The entire ensemble works together seamlessly


Necessarily departing from Ionesco's stage directions, the production uses the intimate space of the theatre to conjure up Ionesco's bleak and claustrophopic interior landscape.  The revolving stages add to the sense of movement without progress.  Sound and lighting frame the action sensitively.  Congratulations to the Theater for a New Audience for bravely mounting this haunting and difficult piece with such assurance.