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Annie Baker Reading, directed by WWU’s Rich Brown
Fri, January 19 @ 7:30 pm
iDiOM Theater’s 2017–18 Season continues with a series of staged readings of plays by Annie Baker, directed by WWU Professor Rich Brown.
The Flick is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2013 Obie Award for Playwriting.
In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35-millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.
Friday, January 19, 7:30pm
Saturday, January 20, 7:30pm
$4 Sylvia Center Members
(original Off Broadway production)
“CRITIC’S PICK. Hilarious and touching… Annie Baker, one of the freshest and most talented dramatists to emerge Off Broadway in the past decade, writes with tenderness and keen insight. Her writing is a great blessing to performers: The Flick draws out nakedly truthful and unadorned acting. This lovingly observed play will sink deep into your consciousness.” – The New York Times
“Funny, heartbreaking, sly, and unblinking. The Flick may be the best argument anyone has yet made for the continued necessity, and profound uniqueness, of theater.” – New York Magazine
“Ms. Baker is a master miniaturist chasing big themes — love and loyalty; kindness and cruelty; fantasy and reality… The dialogue is uncannily, you-are-there authentic.” – New York Daily News
“Annie Baker…is hot to the touch and still turning out must-watch work.” – Variety
“FOUR STARS. A hypnotic, heartbreaking, micro-epic about movies and moving on. Irreducibly theatrical.” – Time Out New York
Exhilarating… Utterly in tune at every moment.” – Village Voice
“Perfection… Annie Baker is a genuine original, the real thing. She follows last season’s Uncle Vanya version with this bold, absolutely mesmerizing comic drama.” – Huffington Post