Tag: Will Eno
How odd it is for a play to begin with a character wondering if he has reached his end. Such is the case with Manbites Dog Theater’s production of Will Eno’s Wakey, Wakey — it begins with a character lying helplessly prone on the stage, uttering the words, “Is it now? I thought I had… Read More ›
Upon entering Manbites Dog Theater in Durham for a performance of The Open House, one immediately notices how plain the set is: devoid of color, warmth, or complexity. When the lights rise, a half-dozen bland and awkward characters are present on stage, wearing uninteresting costumes. The lighting is one-tone. Everything is sedate and awkward. Why,… Read More ›
“Middletown’s” residents may be more flamboyant than their ancestors in Grover’s Corners, NH or the Spoon River region of Illinois, but the small-town lives that playwright Will Eno samples for “Middletown” are a fairly predictable cross-section of contemporary sitcom characters.
Welcome to “Middletown.” We’ve all been there. Life is always more complicated than it appears, and beneath the ordinary lies something epic, elusive, and mysterious.
Various and sundry vividly drawn 21st century characters perform a verbal striptease for the audience’s amusement. They lay bare their souls – often in very public places — by simultaneously giving voice to their uncensored internal monologues as well as their much more circumspect external monologues. The only problem is, some of these characters wear out their welcome long before their sketches are over.