TFANA in the News

The New Yorker listing/illustration: About Alice

“‘My first impression was that she looked more alive than anyone I’d ever seen,’ Calvin Trillin wrote in a 2006 New Yorker essay about his late wife, Alice. The piece grew into a memoir, ‘About Alice,’ which traced their relationship from that first meeting, at a 1963 party for a short-lived satirical magazine, to Alice’s death, of complications from…Read More »

New York Times Recommends ABOUT ALICE

“‘ABOUT ALICE’ at Polonsky Shakespeare Center (previews start on Jan. 8; opens on Jan. 20). Based on what the Sunday Book Review called a ‘slim but walloping book,’ this Theatre for a New Audience play by Calvin Trillin relates his long, fine romance with his wife, Alice, who died in 2001. Under Leonard Foglia’s direction, Jeffrey…Read More »

BroadwayWorld: About Alice Casting Announcement

Announcing the cast of About Alice This world premiere by Calvin Trillin directed by Leonard Foglia will star Jeffrey Bean and Carrie Paff as Calvin and Alice Trillin, respectively. Read the full announcement on BroadwayWorld.  About Alice starts performances January 8. Learn more and buy tickets.

Lighting and Sound Review: The Prisoner

“In its contemplation of humanity’s unruliest emotions and its Zen-like, profoundly interior account of one man’s reparations, The Prisoner has a spiritual quality one doesn’t often find in the contemporary theatre; this is especially true in its highly effective use of silence. Strange and terrible things happen in The Prisoner, but each is given ample time and space…Read More »

Artforum interview with Peter Brook

“Peter Brook has been a gale force in theater for well over half a century.” – Artforum Click here to watch Peter Brook discuss THE PRISONER and the real life experience from over 50 years ago that inspired it and haunts him to this day.   THE PRISONER, text and direction by Peter Brook and…Read More »

Theater Pizzazz Review: The Prisoner

“Brook’s profound understanding of Dostoevsky and Beckett – both of whose work he has directed – informs The Prisoner. Though the place is never specified (it could be anywhere), the landscape of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot is conjured up before our eyes. In this case, however, the “waiting” is not for a savior, but rather for enlightenment within.…Read More »

Hartford Courant on THE PRISONER

“The Prisoner is a story made to be told in the theater. Here we all are in the audience, facing uncomfortable truths, lost in thought, staring straight ahead.” Read more from the Hartford Courant on The Prisoner, coming to Polonksy Shakespeare Center November 24 through December 16. Learn more.


“Red earth of somewhere, not European…In The Prisoner, the stage has a look that has come to be associated with the work of Peter Brook…and when an elderly white man appears (an understated and slightly self-mocking Donald Sumpter), it is, indeed, to introduce a story that began for him long ago, during a journey in a distant…Read More »

New Haven Register on THE PRISONER

“The Prisoner thrives on its simplicity in physical production design, words and performance. This 70-minute allegory fairly ripples with sprawling wisdom and compassion.” Read more from the New Haven Register on The Prisoner, coming to Polonksy Shakespeare Center November 24 through December 16. Learn more.

New York Times Review: The Prisoner

“A tale of crime and punishment… The Prisoner, written and directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne, offers a spartan and elliptical presentation that asks audience members to fill in blank spaces with their own imagination… The air vibrates with songs of birds, and the man Mavuso answers them in shy whistles. His face, which…Read More »