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    The Wild Duck

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    "Beyond the cramped and gaslit parlor on which the curtain rises in an Ibsen play, there often seems to be a sense of the immense void of the primeval European wilderness. For all their self-preoccupying, middle-class concerns, the characters are never very far from some quickening reminder of the green pine forests of the mountain uplands, the black waters of the fjords, or the silent, drifting depths of the sea. Modern man, though he has shut himself snugly up in four-walled urban or suburban insulation, is still in the midst of nature: it is around him and in him; and no matter how he may try to ignore it, this marrow of his physical being stirs in his consciousness, intimations of an older, fiercer life of sagalike simplicity. Ibsen has succeeded in transforming the apparently neutral trappings of the realistic stage into highly charged ingredients in a spiritual action, to which no element of the mise en scene is finally unrelated . . . .without manifestly violating the realistic convention, he could turn the contents of the stage itself, and all their intricate relationships, into large-scale metaphors for psychological states and spiritual conditions. Thus the costumes, properties, lighting, and decor became the diction of a new kind of dramatic poetry, the vocabulary of a vision of the human situation whose full dimensions could bear comparison with Shakespeare's traditional medieval system of correspondences between microcosm and macrocosm, the little world of the individual and the majestic moral order of the cosmos." - Rolf Fjelde

    Dates:  Feb. 20, 2004 - May 20, 2004
    Schedule:  Varied schedule (details)
    Venue:  Jean Cocteau Repertory, 330 Bowery at Bond St.
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    Company:  Jean Cocteau Repertory
    Tickets/info:  (212) 677-0060


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