Directed by Mitchell Hébert
May 24-June 16, 2012
Desperate to reach his long-lost son, an aging father turns to a sorcerer for insight. As the sorcerer conjures three episodes from the young man's life, his father is led deep into a maze of romance, intrigue, conspiracy, and murder. But just how much of it is true? In his witty and passionate adaptation of Corneille's seventeenth -century classic L'illusion comique, Tony Kushner weaves illusion with truth --and theater with real life.
Featuring Aaron Bliden, Joe Brack, Gwen Grastorf, Brian Hemmingsen, Mark Halpern, Nanna Ingvarsson, Scott McCormick, and Brynn Tucker
WHAT THE PRESS HAS TO SAY ABOUT THE ILLUSION:
"... [director Mitchell] Hebert's impressive cast acts with an exactitude and flamboyance that rises to Kushner's whip-smart style. In fact, the cast is practically musical."
"... Rapture comes naturally to playwright Tony Kushner, and in The Illusion, he plants a big swoony kiss on the lips of the theater."
"... It's a snappy act, all calibrated to convince you of Corneille's and Kushner's core belief that the stage's illusions matter."
"... you'll know all you need about the folly of love."
"... the consistently stunning and provocative Forum Theatre pulls yet another winner out of its hat."
" ... directed with a swift and zany touch by by Mitchell Hébert."
" ... with its amazingly talented cast, fascinating storyline, and surprise twist ending is a definite 'Must See!'"
ON THE OPENFORUM BLOG:
TONY KUSHNER’s plays include A Bright Room Called Day, Angels in America, Parts One and Two, Slavs!, Homebody/Kabul, Caroline, or Change, and The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. Adaptations include Corneille’s The Illusion, S.Y. Ansky’s The Dybbuk and Brecht’s The Good Person of Sezuan and Mother Courage. The film version of Angels in America, directed by Mike Nichols, premiered in 2003 on HBO. Recent books include Brundibar (Hyperion Books), a book for children with illustrations by Maurice Sendak, and Wrestling With Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict (Grove Atlantic), co-edited with Alisa Solomon. Mr. Kushner’s awards include the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, two Tony Awards for Best Play, two Obie Awards for Best Play, an Arts Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the PEN/Laura Pels Award for a Mid-Career Playwright, a Spirit of Justice Award from the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, and a Cultural Achievement Award from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.