City of Glass

Title: City of Glass

 

Playwright: Edward Einhorn, adapted from the Paul Auster novel

 

Director: Edward Einhorn

 

Choreographer: Patrice Miller

 

Venue: The New Ohio, New York, NY

 

Producer(s): UTC61, The New Ohio

 

 

With

Robert Honeywell as Daniel Quinn
and performers/dancers Mateo Moreno and Dina Rose Rivera

 

Music composed by Freddi Price


Set design: Christopher Heilman
Video design: Gil Sperling
Costume design: Carla Gant
Lighting design: Chris Weston
Stage manager: Berit Johnson

 

House/box manager: Corinne Woods
Assistant director: Rebecca Silbert
Assistant costume/wardrobe: Matsy Stinson

Interns: Tyler D'Agostino and Lauren Winnenberg

 

A mystery about a mystery, a story of a story of a story, told by characters who share names and may or may not share identities, our adaptation of Auster's meta-detective story features one speaking character and two silent characters who shift identities with the help of innovative video and set designs. 

 

Press

5 STARS "Nothing short of astonishing...Einhorn has adapted this first book of Auster’s New York trilogy with intriguing staging and theatricality. On the surface, the play, like the novel, tweaks the style of the noir-detective-mystery whodunit. But Einhorn then plunges it into a typhoon of surrealism and moves the focus from character to character. Played by one actor, Robert Honeywell, characters morph in and out of each other’s consciousness like ghosts blown about in a supercharged electrical storm." - Carole DiTosti, blogcritics

"Honeywell gives a phenomenally nuanced, ghostly griot performance unlike anything I've ever seen...Miller's motion effects a physicality the equal of Einhorn's emotional coloration in giving dimension to Auster's visionary schema of thought and being"- Adam McGovern, HiLoBrow

"Mr. Einhorn and his designers do a fine job with the setting (a low-budget approach that conjures a noir atmosphere, thanks largely to live music from Freddi Price) and Mr. Honeywell makes an effectively untrustworthy narrator." - Alexis Soloski,  New York Times

"This is a rave review...most of all we marvel at how brilliantly Einhorn, Honeywell, and the rest of the cast and production staff have teamed up to tell the tale." - Deborah Heineman, Berkshire Fine Arts

"Fine tuned and unrelenting...This atmospheric film noir episode tickles the brain, asks us to listen deeply and seeks to sew our fragments back together...Rivera is lithe and serpentine in her liquid physicality and adds brilliant color to this portrait of disintegrating sanity. Moreno is a statuesque presence, a rubber man bending into any position that serves the character’s physicality with intense commitment." - Jacquelyn Clare, NY Theater Guide

"I came away jangled and unsettled, shaken and moved.  One actor, the fluid and versatile Robert Honeywell, speaks all the play’s narrative and inhabits all of its characters. Mateo Moreno and Dina Rose Rivera — he of the rubber face and she of the lissome limbs — are, respectively, the Silent Man and Silent Woman" - Nita Congress, nytheaternow

"The script handles the kaleidoscope deftly, often humorously, and avoids the pretentiousness that often attends such heady pursuits"- J. C. Wright, Stage Buddy

"City of Glass operates like a series of Russian Nesting Dolls concerning a mystery, with each doll hanging onto reality via a more tenuous string. It feels as if it were direct by Michael Curtiz on acid - and I mean that as a compliment." - What's on Off-Broadway