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(Minneapolis/St. Paul) The Guthrie Theater/Berkeley Repertory Theatre production of Tiny Kushner, a collection of five one-act plays written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner, received rave reviews at Tricycle Theatre (producers of The Great Game: Afghanistan), where it made its British premiere on September 1.
“SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL AND BOLD in Tiny Kushner. This quintet of one-act plays shows Tony Kushner at his most fanciful and eclectic … fierce, strange and clever theatre. It isn’t “tiny” at all.”
“In these five short plays [KUSHNER] REVEALS HIS GIFT for blending the hallucinatory and the political”
“Vibrant tales of angels and sinners. Radical politics and erudite, high-camp fancifulness inform these five short but IMAGINATIVELY OUTSIZED WORKS”
“There is such clarity conveyed not just in the language but in the rhythm and the nuance. Ideas and phrases honey drip from the script. Listening is an indulgence. This is enriched by the FOUR STRONG PERFORMANCES FROM THE SMALL CAST.”
The evening of short plays was originally comissioned by Guthrie artistic director Joe Dowling, and premiered at the Guthrie on May 20, 2009 as part of the theater’s landmark Kushner Celebration
Directed by long-time Kushner collaborator and Berkley Rep artistic director Tony Taccone, the production features the original American cast — Guthrie favorites J.C. Cutler, Kate Eifrig, Jim Lichtscheidl and Valeri Mudek — performing multiple roles in Flip Flop Fly!, East Coast Ode to Howard Jarvis, Terminating or Sonnet LXXV or “Lass Meine Schmerzen Nicht Verloren Sein” or Ambivalence, Dr. Arnold A. Hutschneker in Paradise and Only We Who Guard the Mystery Shall Be Unhappy. The creative team again includes Annie Smart (Set Designer), Anita Yavich (Costume Designer), Alexander V. Nichols (Lighting and Video Designer), Victor Zupanc (Sound Designer) and Marcela Lorca (Movement).
Lauded by critics in its Minneapolis premiere, Variety hailed Tiny Kushner as “a slam-bang series of five plays providing kaleidoscopic windows into the recesses of the artist’s fertile mind,” and said “Director Tony Taccone’s cast pulls together as a charged ensemble, eliciting laughs and instances of electricity that spark without drawing easy conclusions.”
“It’s enormously gratifying to us that our Theater is becoming the birthplace for exciting new work, showcasing the Guthrie as a center for theater arts in this country,” said Dowling. “This show has been on wonderful collaboration with Tony Kushner, Tony Taccone and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre and I’m thrilled that the collaboration continues at Tricycle Theatre.”
Tiny Kushner continues through September 25, 2010, at the Tricycle Theatre. Complete performance and ticket information is available online at www.tricycle.co.uk.
The GUTHRIE THEATER (Joe Dowling, Director) was founded by Sir Tyrone Guthrie in 1963 and is an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training. The Tony Award-winning Guthrie Theater is dedicated to producing the great works of dramatic literature, developing the work of contemporary playwrights and cultivating the next generation of theater artists. With annual attendance of nearly 500,000 people, the Guthrie Theater presents a mix of classic plays and contemporary work on its three stages. Under the artistic leadership of Joe Dowling since 1995, the Guthrie continues to set a national standard for excellence in theatrical production and performance. In 2006, the Guthrie opened its new home on the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the Guthrie Theater houses three state-of-the-art stages, production facilities, classrooms and dramatic public lobbies.