by Tom Stoppard
directed by Meg Taintor
October 27-November 19, 2011
Boston Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre
Featuring: Nate Gundy, Chris Larson, Becca Lewis, Jen O'Connor, Joey Pelletier, Elizabeth Rimar, Aimee Rose Ranger, Scott Sweatt, Michael Underhill, Mac Young
Costume Design: Emily Woods Hogue
Light Design: PJ Strachman
Set Design: Mac Young
Dialect Coach: Danny Bryck
Violence Director: Meron Langsner
Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Robyn Linden
Assistant to the Lighting Designer: Lynn Stewart
part of Double, Double, Toil and Trouble
our month-long rep with imaginary beasts
See full performance schedule here
The Critics Are Raving!
"Stoppard’s comic gift, philosophical exactness, and sheer celebration of language is just the sort of thing Whistler in the Dark exists to bring to life, and with its production "Dogg’s Hamlet" and a second, interconnected one-act play called "Cahoot's Macbeth", Whistler gives audiences an evening of theatrical mischief that’s absolutely uproarious. "
~Killian Melloy, EdgeBoston (read full article here)
"On the basis of its excellent production of Tom Stoppard’s early brain-teasers, Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth, Whistler in the Dark Theatre is clearly a company to keep our eyes on. ... This production... is also set up to be seen by a small group of people. Be one of them, particularly if you’re a Stoppard fan."
~Ed Siegel, WBUR (read full article here)
"There’s a real sense of transformation at work in Whistler’s production. It’s simple and powerful, exemplary of how well a show can work when a company performs as a seamless whole."
~Jenna Scherer, The Boston Herald (read full article here)
"...when so many other theater companies are going after similar things..., it’s nice to know that there’s a risk-taking group like Whistler in the Dark around to challenge our expectations."
~Jonathan Clark, DigBoston (read full article here)
“Dominoes, et dominoes, et dominoes
Popsies historical axle-grease, exacts bubbly fins crock lavender...”
Two short plays divided by a comma but united by common themes.
In the first play, three students are setting up for their production of a fifteen-minute Hamlet to be performed in its original language. The catch? These students speak Dogg - a language comprised of English words but with different meanings. But when an English-speaking delivery man arrives with their set components, both languages break down and new ways of communication must be devised. Capped off with a hilarious 15-minute Hamlet, this is Stoppard at his word-playing gleeful best.
In the second play, renegade actors stage a secret performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth that becomes a stark and moving metaphor for resistance in a time of censorship.
Whistler in the Dark is thrilled to present this linguist’s delight - an evening of word-wizardry from the writer of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Arcadia.
in rep with Ionesco's Macbett, produced by imaginary beasts