Out of Character - Incredible Play! - Incredible Performance!
CHARACTER – is simply one of the greatest dramatic –
humorous and yet serious – performances I’ve ever seen – especially so – given that
it features a single actor, telling his “life story” – so incredibly!
The play deals – with identity, trauma, learning to
live within oneself and much more!
The reviews of others – can say much more, much better
than I can!
We had a moderated discussion afterwards – which was a
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY ARI’EL STACHEL
DIRECTED BY TONY TACCONE
JUN 23–JUL 30, 2023
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Running time: approximately 80 min, no intermission
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A tour de force comedy about what it means to belong in
Before he won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a
Musical (The Band’s Visit), Ari’el Stachel grew up in Berkeley, an
Israeli American of Yemeni Jewish descent. Then came 9/11. Desperate to avoid
taunts and threats at school, Ari hides his Middle Eastern background – setting
off a years-long journey of trying on different identities, code switching, and
navigating debilitating anxiety. Now a successful stage and screen actor, Ari
comes home to Berkeley and joins with former artistic director Tony Taccone to
tell his story in his new solo show. Out of Character explores
the intersections of race, mental health, and survival in a way that’s raw,
authentic, and entertaining.
Out of Character was
developed in The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for
the Creation and Development of New Work.
Emotionally raw…the honesty delivered here is refreshing.
Out of Character may be Ari’el Stachel’s personal struggle, but one we can all relate.
Ari’el Stachel is everything you want on stage, especially in a solo show. He’s charming, dynamic,
kinetic and fabulously entertaining.
It’s a delight to see a sublime performer create his own opportunity and be his full-bore self on stage, in all his shames and triumphs.
Makes a convincing case for the slippery, conditional nature of Americanness (and any identity, really).
Satchel sings a few bars, and his voice is so beautiful. He structures a crescendo with such thoughtfulness, such warmth, such command of his instrument that you hear a whole story in a single note.
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