- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Theatre Communications Group (Sept. 30 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1559364580
- ISBN-13: 978-1559364584
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.3 x 22.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 340 g
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The Flick Paperback – Sep 30 2014
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"The play's genially comic narrative of the conflicts, fantasies, and isolation of the working poor, a trio of low level employees at a struggling cinema in Western Massaschusetts, is vivid, amusing, and quirky." - Bill Marx, The Arts Fuse"An idiosyncratic original... The Flick slides from funny to wrenching and back again." - Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe "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." --Jesse Green, New York "Hilarious and ineffably touching... Ms. Baker's peerless aptitude for exploring how people grope their way toward a sense of equanimity, even as they learn to accept disappointment, is among the things that make her such a gifted writer." --Charles Isherwood, New York Times "This hypnotic, heartbreaking micro-epic about movies and moving on is irreducibly theatrical." --David Cote, TimeOut New York "Annie Baker, one of the freshest and most talented 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." --Charles Isherwood, New York Times "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." --David Finkle, Huffington Post "Ms. Baker is a master miniaturist chasing big themes -- love and loyalty; kindness and cruelty; fantasy and reality. As in The Aliens and Circle Mirror Transformation, the dialogue is uncannily, you-are-there authentic." --Joe Dziemianowicz, NY Daily News
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The Flick takes place in a past its prime movie theater, one of only eight left in the state of Massachusetts that still shows movies in celluloid. The play is about the three young to early middle-aged people who work there. It’s scut work –take tickets, serve popcorn and soda, clean up after the show. One of them --Rose, Caucasian, 24, baggy clothes, hair dyed green, who if she isn’t lesbian is doing an excellent job of looking like she is-- runs the projection. Sam, Caucasian and 35, is obviously working class. He’s had no college or his hopes peak with the job: ushering in a third-rate, close to failing cinema. Avery is 20, African-American, on break from college. In other words, he has a future beyond this cinema, which neither Rose nor Sam do. Avery also has issues: they surface in his interactions with Sam and Rose. Avery’s a movie buff: he likes celluloid only, no digital. Digital is dead; celluloid lives. The play unfolds in a succession of encounters, mundane on the surface, among these three workers, as they share their hopes, figure out how they feel about each other. Without pounding it to death, Baker conveys through their semi-articulate, tangential dialogue the frustrations of their jobs and lives. Their lives don’t get better in the duration of this play, they get worse, but somehow you feel hopeful (a bit, not a lot) about them. Maybe it’s just that they are so human.
The play is set in a movie theater: the audience is looking at the seats, window of the projection booth, exit doors. Much of the time a movie is playing but the audience doesn’t see it because it’s “playing” behind their heads, which is where the imagined movie screen is. It makes for nice effects: a drama unfolding in front of the spectators while a movie soundtrack, framing music for a different drama, goes on behind them. Sometimes the soundtrack reinforces the emotions on display on stage. Other times, it runs in ironic counterpoint to it.
In every respect –dramatic arc, characterization, mood, visual impact—this play is lovely.