3 Kinds of Exile

Neil Pepe + 3 Kinds of Exile
Friday, August 23 rd, 2019 at 00:08 am Dr. Joy Browne
Director (s):
Neil Pepe
John Guare, David Pittu, Peter Maloney, Martin Moran, Alison Cimmet, Jeffrey Kuhn, Kate Rigg, Timothy Splain, Omar Sangare, Jacquelyn Landgraf
Off-Broadway, Plays, Drama

3 Kinds of Exile was written by John Guare, who apparently is Polish, which I didn’t know before I saw this. These are three one act plays about people who are actually exiled. The first is a one man monologue where the actor, Martin Moran, tells the story of a friend of his who had a rash that spread and was very painful and ended up going to a dermatologist who didn’t do anything for him, and was finally sent to a psychiatrist. He relays a story about his exile in 1939 when his mother sent him to England because it was going to be a very hot summer. I’m not going to tell you more about it though, you’ll have to see it to find out what happens. The second is about a portrait that is in Andre Bishop’s office, who is the head of Lincoln Center, and is told by the playwright John Guare and Omar Sangare, who is a terrific actor. They do a dialogue about who this woman is, who’s name is Elzbieta, and how David Halberstam married this polish actress and brought her to the United States, and he wrote sort of anti-polish pieces. They go on to tell the story of her exile and what happened to her and her career. The third is probably the most inventive, and certainly the least traditional form of story telling, in that it has sort of a Greek Chorus of six players who sing and dance and act out various scenes from an author’s life, whom I’ve never heard of, named Witold Gombrowicz. Apparently he was a polish writer who was sent to Argentina to describe the wonders of Poland to the population there, and ended up staying and thus exiled by Poland. What ties all three together is the issue of leaving the motherland and what happens and why. All of them, in some ways, are fairly tragic and fairly sad. This is a very intellectual piece and is sort of stimulating without being wildly entertaining. Three stars.

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