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December 5, 2008

Brooklyn at Eye Level: go see it

Atlantic Yards Report

Theater critic Norman Oder files a preliminary review of The Civilians' Brooklyn at Eye Level, and the early notices are positive.

The story of Atlantic Yards is, as Bertha Lewis of ACORN says, "a great Brooklyn epic," and this weekend's performances of The Civilians' Brooklyn at Eye Level certainly convey that sense.

The show, put together at a whirlwind pace over the past five weeks, is hardly finished; rather, the performance at the Brooklyn Lyceum mixes monologues (from interviews), dance, and song, part of "a great big massive sprawling project with all sorts of moving pieces, and selections from each,” according to Civilians founder Steve Cosson. It's in the "investigation phase," and more polished work will be produced down the line.

I'll wait until tomorrow to post more thoughtful reflections, but I'll remind readers that there are tickets (reservations; pay-what-you-can) for some of the shows this weekend, and it's well worth seeing, especially the closing number when the power of the theater hits home.


Posted by eric at December 5, 2008 10:21 AM