The Revisionist produced by the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is a very compelling play running through Sunday April 17th.
Written by Jesse Eisenberg, the Oscar-nominated star of The Social Network and frequent contributor to The New Yorker, and directed by Robin Larsen, noted director of such plays as A Delicate Balance and Uncle Vanya at the Antaeus Company as well as being an Academy Award-winning filmmaker, The Revisionist is the story between a young American man, David and his older Polish cousin, Maria. David is a writer with a crippling case of writer’s block who goes to Poland to change his environment in hopes of being able to finish his book while visiting Maria, a woman in her seventies who is a holocaust survivor. They both have very different ideas of what this visit is about: David wants to be left alone while Maria is thrilled to have family visiting with her. She wants company. She wants to get to know him, to be with him, to share food and time with him. As the story unfolds, we learn of secrets, addiction, isolation and longing. The Revisionist invites us into this encounter and makes us question our own values and ideas about family, connection, what it means to be human, alienation and intimacy.
What is really interesting to me is how we, the audience are engaged in their encounter. The way the stage is set up in the middle of the room with about four rows in front of the stage and four rows behind, we share this intimate space together which is Maria’s very small apartment. I loved the impeccable scenic design by Tom Buderwitz who also created the scenic design for Casa Valentina which I recently saw. We see every detail and nuance of this cramped, European apartment – the longing and intimacy are palpable.
The creative team for The Revisionist also includes costume designer Jocelyn Hublau Parker, lighting designer Leigh Allen, sound designer and music composition John Zalewski, casting director Beth Lipari, and production stage manager Elle Aghabala. All fell into place for a very memorable production. There’s still time to see The Revisionist, now through April 17, 2016!!
For more information about the actors, the production and the Wallis, please visit: http://TheWallis.org
What: The Revisionist
Where: Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Lovelace Studio Theater, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210
When: April 1 – 17, 2016: Tues – Fri 8pm; Sat 3pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7pm