|Browse categories||List your business|
|Accommodation||Art and Culture|
|Financial Services||Government and Utilities|
|Health & Wellness||Jobs|
|Shopping||Sightseeing & Attractions|
|Sports & Recreation||Technology|
Review: The Eden Game
Sam Beckwith finds much to enjoy in a staged reading of Jock Doubleday's Havel play
Launched six months ago, the Prague Film & Theater Center has quickly established itself as a vibrant presence on the expat cultural scene, breaking new ground with its events and productions. March 23's staged reading of The Eden Game, a play by Los Angeles-based writer Jock Doubleday, was no exception.
Held at Malé Vinohradské divadlo, this unusual production offered a Prague audience a chance to experience a work-in-progress with a distinctly Czech theme: Václav Havel.
The concept -- actors seated in a semi-circle, reading from scripts -- might sound unpromising but both the play and the performances were lively enough to make for an entertaining evening.
Heading a pleasingly diverse international cast, Scott Williams -- perhaps best known in Prague as the lead singer of Joy Division tribute band Dead Souls -- brings more than a touch of the tormented rock star to his portrayal of Havel, an unconventional casting decision that works surprisingly well.
Other stand-outs include Australian actress Kathryn Hume-Čvančarová as a psychologist with a secret and American journalist Grant Podelco as an avuncular-yet-sinister prison warden.
Although hindered by an over-complicated Brechtian play-within-a-play structure, Doubleday's script benefits from lively dialogue (lucky, really!) and the sheer novelty value of seeing familiar historical characters -- Havel, his wives Olga and Dagmar, and former Foreign Minister Jiří Dienstbier among others -- presented in a unashamedly amplified fictional context.
Straddling historical fact and outright fantasy in its portrayal of Havel's transition from imprisoned dissident to overstretched statesman, The Eden Game is occasionally a little too ambitious. Doubleday's depiction of post-1989 Prague -- particularly his characters' preoccupation with McDonald's -- can also seem a little obvious and simplistic at times. Despite that, there is much to enjoy in The Eden Game, a full production of which would be a welcome addition to Prague's English-language theatre scene.
"Thank you for your review of the recent staged reading of The Eden Game.
I am looking forward to a full production of the play in Prague -- in both Czech and English.
Photos of the staged rehearsal:
My adventures thus far getting the play produced in Prague :)
A production of the first act of the play in New York State (before the second act was written):
The play has also been adapted for the screen.
Thank you again for your cogent comments on the play.
Author of The Eden Game
April 3, 2012
Share this page
|COMMENT ON THIS ARTICLE|
|READ ALL ART AND CULTURE ARTICLES MORE ART AND CULTURE ARTICLES|
REVIEW: Sacrifices by John J Bishop|
See Prague from a different angle by Prague.TV Helen Armitage|
How to see a different side of the city from the beautiful Vltava River.
In the 2014–2015 season the PKF – Prague Philharmonia will reinforce the ongoing success of its traditional selection of concerts, welcome a Prague Spring winner, and deliver two new recordings by PKF - Prague Philharmonia|
PKF - Prague Philharmonia celebrates the 20th anniversary of its founding
Prague Pride 2014 to support gays and lesbians from the East by Prague Pride|
The 4th edition of the Prague Pride festival will take place from August 11 till August 17
Prague Philharmonia celebrates its 20th anniversary by PKF - Prague Philharmonia|
This fall will mark 20 years since Jiří Bělohlávek founded the Prague Chamber Philharmonic
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival by Helen Armitage|
Prestigious international film festival returns to Czech Republic
Prague’s history comes to life with new smartphone application by Prague Ghosts Tour History|
A new smartphone app is making exploring the streets of Prague even more exciting
The Alchemist of Dream by Emma Atkinson|
7th June, Church of St Lawrence
In the Loop by Emma Atkinson|
Live jazz at The Loop Jazz Club
Prague Fringe Festival 2014 by Prague Fringe Festival|
A feast of international theatre set to hit the stage at the Prague Fringe Festival – 23-31 May
Fancy a pint? (or two, or three?) by Emma Atkinson|
7th annual Czech Beer Festival
10 years and still going strong! by Emma Atkinson|
A decade in the EU
Guitar Hero by Emma Atkinson|
An interview with Geoff Tyson
One Day Without Shoes by Emma Atkinson|
Marching for those in need of shoes
600 Years of Jews in Teplice by Emma Atkinson|
A year of celebration
|READ ALL ART AND CULTURE ARTICLES|
Visit the Art and Culture main page
Find listings, help forums, tips and more