Man in a Case - Preview

Saturday, January 25, 2014 8:00PM

Man in a Case - Preview
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Adapted from Two Stories by Anton Chekhov
Adapted and Directed by Annie-B Parson & Paul Lazar
Choreographed by Annie-B Parson
Special Presentation · Roda Theatre
January 25 – February 16, 2014

The play

Mikhail Baryshnikov and the creative masterminds behind the Obie Award-winning Big Dance Theater, Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar, bring us an inviting, innovative take on two of Anton Chekhov’s 1898 short stories, Man in a Case and About Love. Two hunters trade tales both witty and haunting: one about a reclusive man who falls for a cheerful, extroverted woman; the other about a fellow who relives the story of lost love. Garnering rave reviews and featuring Baryshnikov and a stellar ensemble of artists, Man in a Case is a high-tech fusion of theatre, movement, music, and video that illuminates those rare occasions when we’re offered life-changing possibilities.

Man in a Case includes strobe effects. Berkeley Rep offers an advisory about any stage effect of potential concern to patrons’ health. We don’t offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any concerns about content, please contact the box office.

The buzz

“Delightful…Perhaps the most surprising thing about Man in a Case is not the power of Baryshnikov’s stage presence. It’s how amusing and lighthearted Man in a Case can be at times. Anyone expecting an evening of heavy Russian drama will be sorely disappointed. In the hands of Parsons and Lazar, Chekhov’s stories about unrequited love can be thoroughly goofy at times…the emotions pop on stage…Go expecting the unexpected and you should leave the theater with a little spring in your step. Baryshnikov—and good theater—has that kind of effect on people.”—The Springfield Republican

“An intriguing, ultimately irresistible evening of live performance and mixed media.”—Hartford Examiner

“It's hard to do justice to the freewheeling brilliance of Big Dance Theater's combination of dance, theater, video and idiosyncratic imagination; suffice it to say you should see the work of Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar whenever possible.”—New York Times

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The 2013/14 Berkeley Rep season

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike · beginning Sep 20
The Pianist of Willesden Lane · beginning Oct 25
Tristan & Yseult · beginning Nov 22
The House that will not Stand · beginning Jan 31
Accidental Death of an Anarchist · beginning Mar 7
Tribes · beginning Apr 11
The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures · beginning May 16

A special non subscription event

Man in a Case · beginning Jan 25
Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro · beginning June 5