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A Staged Reading of Gnit
Monday, June 18, 2018 at 7:00PM
Theatre For A New Audience
262 Ashland Place
Between Lafayette Avenue and Fulton Street
Nevins St Station [2, 3, 4, 5]; Lafayette Av [C]; Fulton St [G]
Gnit, by Will Eno, is a timely and lively adaptation and examination of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt. At this unique moment in U.S. history, where we stand at a national crossroads wondering just where to turn, and why, the questions and problems raised by Gnit and its main character Peter (read by Michael C. Hall) are all-too-relevant and all-too-alive. Is the “Search for the Self” a journey we need to consciously, actively go on, or is it just something that happens by reason of being alive and trying our best? Where do “rugged individualism” and “being a good person” meet?
“If ever a play made me want to be a better person, this is it,” wrote the Omaha World-Herald. But along the harsh and difficult way, there are plenty of big and serious laughs. The New York Times wrote, “After climbing the craggy peaks of Ibsen’s daunting play, Mr. Eno has brought down from its dizzying heights a surprisingly crowd-pleasing (if still strange) work.”
Come for the laughs, stay for the harrowing existential despair, and then stay a little more, for the visions of hope, happiness, and community.