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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Chairs: Absurdest theater at its best...

Erik Amblad and
Mundana Ess-haghabadi
The Chairs
(photo by Ryan Reason)
I have to say after seeing Charles Busch's Theodora: She Bitch of Byzantium, Giacomo Puccini's Tosca and The Chairs by Eugene Ionesco all within the last month I have become absolutely fascinated with Las Vegas' theater scene. I mean don't get me wrong I read Anthony Del Valle's reviews in the RJ pretty religiously and I have been to theater quite often, but something over the last several weeks changed my perception of it all. Its almost like Las Vegas' cultural scene has reached a tipping point. A paradigm shift of sorts where everything culturally just seems to be coming together and it seems to be happening quickly. As we students of Anthropology know all too well, evolution does not happen slowly over long periods of time but rather in spurts over short periods of time and this is exactly what is happening culturally in Las Vegas.

Keeping up with Las Vegas' cultural evolution, this past Sunday I had the pleasure of sitting through Eugene Ionesco's The Chairs. The play was an early 1950's post-apocalyptic French classic performed by none other than local poetry stars Mundana Ess-haghabadi and Erik Amblad. The performance was brilliant and even though I know the actors personally I felt quite comfortable with who they became on stage. Sometimes when you know the actors it is difficult to distinguish them, but that is not the case with these two talents. They acted spectacularly and demonstrated that they have the thespian prowess to take on any roll they are presented with. Erik and Mundana give a whole different meaning to breaking a leg, albeit a chairs!

I will admit I never laughed so much as I did Sunday afternoon that is why I can only encourage all of my readers, whether you like theater or not, to go see this play.


The Chairs is being performed at the:
The Box Office
1129 S Casino Center Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV

Thursday, September 15th, 8:00 PM
Friday, September 16th, 8:00 PM
Saturday, September 17th, 10:30 PM -- Special Closing Night Performance

TICKETS: $15 @ the door

For more information:

Nevada Public Radio
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