It’s unlikely that you would think to go to The Rattlesnake Bar on Boylston for a play, but it’s just those stereotypes that Israeli Theater Company TheaterCan is breaking to bring theater into contemporary culture. The young and popular group made their American debut last night with Honest, a monodrama by British playwright DC Moore. Lavi Zytner (Best Actor, Israeli Theater Awards 2008) played a progressively more and more drunk “Dave,” a 30-something guy who “is the 99%.” His 50 minute monologue was properly annoying, as a drunk rant in a bar truly would be. Lavi engaged the audience as he stumbled from the bar throughout the room, talking to audience members as though they were just bar patrons, not theater patrons. The authenticity of the performance evoked many emotions, and while most enjoyed the performance value, others were properly irritated!
TheaterCan is known for for more than presenting theater in bars. They aim to create works that connect the audience to the process, and spark larger conversations. Another unique piece they will be presenting at the NY Fringe Festival next week is Dogs, an original production that explores the creation of a play within a play. “The show is a biting comedy that was created following a workshop of Jewish and Arab male actors that aims to deal with the mutual alienation and rage that both sides have become accustomed to”, says Ido Bornstein, the playwright responsible for ”DOGS” and founding member of the TheaterCan Company. The result is a comedy that sheds light on the Israeli-Arab conflict from a gender-based perspective while incorporating social commentary in a way that is unexpected and stimulating.
The US premier of Honest was sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel to New England in partnership with Prism, the young adult division of the New Center for Arts and Culture.TheaterCan will be showing Honest, as well as their original work Dogs, at the 16th annual New York Fringe Festival from Aug 16-26.
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