Magnificent Oddity
For the third year in a row, before the theater season is two months old, I've seen a production that I'm sure?without prejudice to any future show?will be one of the pinnacles of my year. In 1997 I had this feeling with Ivo van Hove's version of O'Neill's More Stately Mansions. In 1998 it was Dare Clubb's production of his own Oedipus. Now it is the Scottish Royal Lyceum Theatre Company's production of Calderon's Life Is A Dream, directed by the Spaniard Calixto Bieito. Funny, smart, lucid, stunningly physical and exquisitely acted, this production visited the Brooklyn Academy of Music last week for only six days. In an America where more than a handful of commercial producers still existed with real imagination and guts, it might've run much longer on its own steam outside the Next Wave Festival.