Circle Mirror Transformation
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Five lost people come together at a community centre class to try and find some meaning in their lives. Counting to ten can be harder than you think. Over six tangled weeks their lives become knotted together in this tender and funny play.
Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation won a New York Drama Critics Circle Award and the 2010 Obie Award for Best New American Play. It was voted one of the top ten plays of 2009 by the New York Times, Time Out and the New Yorker. It premiered in the UK as part of the Royal Court’s Theatre Local strand of site specific productions across London.
The way that a complete picture of each of the characters is built up is stunningly accurate. A little room sucks in the whole world
A disarming surprise... remarkably open-minded in its supple, low-key way, shifting from the preposterous to the poignant, the tender to the silly, with a sharply observant but uncensorious spirit.
Baker's writing is compassionate, cinematic (in an understated sort of way) and wonderfully, wonderfully droll.
Baker is a perceptive observer of human frailty.
A quirky, entertaining and quietly poignant piece... Scenes as apparently aimless as a group count-up to 10 or a dialogue improvised using nonsense words acquire a sudden powerful intensity as latent emotions bubble to the surface.
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