By the Pig Iron Theater Company
OHIO Theater, NYC, 2008
A startling, poignant amalgam of Russian tragicomedy and contemporary brain science where a lonely, mildly-autistic botanist conjures up a parade of unsettling and comic recollections in an attempt to shape his fractured memories into a comforting fiction.
"Anna Kiraly's set is gorgeous, a circle with table and chairs, surrounded by museum ropes, and with a curtain in back that opens to reveal the cavelike depths of a brain."
"...it is essentially a lively theatrical meditation on loneliness and disconnection — much like Chekhov’s own plays. In this case, however, we are exploring the condition from the inside out, wandering with a flickering candle through the caves of a solitary mind. (The set by Anna Kiraly suggests a small Victorian theater opening onto dank, clammy grottoes.)
"The space at the Ohio has been entirely reconceived in an enchanting way (by set designer Anna Kiraly).