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11/30/10

Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis Comes To The Stage


If you thought the book about a guy transformed into a bug
was haunting, wait until you see it on stage.

Franz Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” comes to life on stage this
month at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Fort Greene.

The classic tale of alienation, from Iceland’s hailed Vesturport
Theatre, doesn’t use any extreme makeup or costuming to
show salesman Gregor Samsa’s transformation from man to
bug; rather, it hinges on actor Gisli Orn Gardarsson’s lithe,
mesmerizing physicality. Thanks to some production magic
— the second floor of the dual-level set can turn 90 degrees
— as well as intense training on Gardarsson’s part, the actor
can climb walls and swing from the rafters for some spellbinding
aerial feats.

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