PANTAGLEIZE: Tell us what you think…

Quantum Pantagleize preview

We hope your experience at Quantum’s Pantagleize was a good one. Our staff and board are interested to hear what you think, and encourage you to talk with others as well, so we have initiated an online conversation you can join with fellow attendees. What did you like/dislike about the production? Was there something in particular that resonated with you? Something particularly confusing? Any comments or suggestions are greatly encouraged.

Leave your comment in the comment box below. Be sure to click the box that will notify you of responses to your comment.  Some will come from Karla, and some (we hope) will come from other patrons.  You’re a valued member of the Q-mmunity.  We’re all hoping for greater understanding through the art that we experience.

We greatly appreciate your thoughts and look forward to continuing the conversation of Pantagleize… and of Quantum Theatre experiences to come, we hope there will be many more.


17 comments on “PANTAGLEIZE: Tell us what you think…

  1. Ric & Eric says:

    It was enjoyable to a point, but farce is not our cup of tea.

  2. Conroy Guyer says:

    I find the staging of your plays creative and innovative. When I enter the venues of your productions, I wonder how this setting can support a dramatic production. Then there is the magic of your staging in its wonderful, surprising ingenuity which captures the subtile aspects of characterization and theme. Obviously much thought is given to your productions to accomplish these effects. How you are able to pick unpromising locations and turns them into venues of dramatic excellence confounds me and excites my deep admiration. I wish you well. You have done your part to make post-industrial Pittsburgh a center of artistic excellence.

  3. Susan Bonello says:

    This was one of my favorite Quantum plays ever. The acting, costumes & makeup were great. The setting fit perfectly with the four windows for the projections.

  4. Great fun! Wonderful characters and nice integration of contemporary ideas with age-old issues. Clever use of the space and the video sections were terrific. Lots of good detail in each and every character.

  5. Luke Hardt says:

    This adaptation, and the production thereof, is a brilliant example of the essence of theatre if one accepts that its purpose is to entertain and enlighten. I have known of this script for over thirty years and often wanted to tackle it myself. However, in its original translation, I have deemed it too politically incorrect for the potential audiences who might miss its point. Ironic, huh? Jay Ball’s free adaptation and Jed Harris’ reinvention circumvent these concerns. This Pantagleize/Allen Ginsburg hits the bullseye for the baby-boomers who were once idealistic, now cynical and at a loss for why the world isn’t better. Is there any better time spent watching a play than that which makes one laugh, sad, intellectually stimulated and morally challenged?

    Therein, lies the one negative though its anything but a flaw in the play or Quantum’s production. On the night of my attendance, the median age in the audience had to be 65 or over. God bless them. Where was the generation that will inherit the rest of the 21st century? Quantum offers me hope in the future of theatre but what can be done to involve the selfies who are most in need of its power?

    Pantagleize is a beautiful work of art in every regard: script, direction, acting, costuming, scenic and sound design, front of house (!), vodka at intermission(!), De Ghelderode would had to have been pleased.

  6. Todd Reeser says:

    I really appreciated the adaption and the constant fluidity between past and present. Some very good acting, esp the little dictator and the Ginsburg character. And great use of multimedia [loved the projected dictators]. i did find that the speed was off given the type of production it was: some of the scenes needed to move faster instead of lagging a bit.

  7. John Nagle says:

    I enjoyed this play tremendiously. Funny and serious combination in the same play. Good acting and casting. Good updating of the original. I would only have reduced the segment with Amin, Pinochete, Thacher and Ghadafi – acoustics were poor for that also. This is the kind of play that I think Quantum does really well and that keeps me coming back.

  8. Jonathan says:

    For the first time in a long time, I was surprised and delighted by a piece of theatre in Pittsburgh. Thanks!

  9. Dina Fulmer says:

    Very interesting, with two threads: 1) dictators are insecure and pretty stupid, and 2) the left does not know what it wants other than some obscure ideal. Great acting, staging, etc. Quantum rarely disappoints.

  10. Dave Witter says:

    Very good at recreating the Iron Curtain/Warsaw Pact “vibe” of frayed, depressed (and depressing) bureaucrats, pointless red tape, paranoia, and especially the “brotherhood of dictators”. Staging was properly “Kafkaesque” and bland, costumes were properly thrift shop-esque. Characterization of the Allen Ginsberg-type character was a bit disorienting since AG was gay, but whatever — did bring out the naivete of American idealists trying to cozy up to the system behind the Iron Curtain. And of course the countless subtexts were amusing and brought things up to the present day quite nicely. Point made — revolution is not as easy as one would like.

  11. Lucien says:

    This was wonderful theater. The acting and direction were exceptional. The writer was able to get a message across on a very serious topic and produce lots of laughter at the same time. Bravo to all.

  12. Jean Thomas says:

    Outstanding. Best of season

  13. jim bogen says:

    Pantagleize was one of the most enjoyable theater experiences i’ve had in a long time. Besides the spectacular acting and the excellent adaptation the production was full of extraordinarily effective details including the sound—-true to life unintelligible airport announcements, perfectly chosen and appropriately low-fi music, and all of the offstage bangs and crashes. In lesser hands the ending could easily have gone didactic and flat, but this version of knocked my socks off. Randy Kravitz was especially good–partly because his performance was so un-theatical it was easy to forget that what he was doing was acting. Can’t remember the name of the actor who played the dictator and the video versions of Thatcher, Pinochet, et al, but he was pitch perfect. Jed Harris is a great director; he outdid himself in this one.

  14. M&N Jones says:

    The show’s innovation from the time you go through “customs” to the end of the play was pure entertainment. The play’s comedic lines along with all the actor’s shenanigans made for an enjoyable evening. How Quantum transformed a drab warehouse to fit the play was ingenious. Kudos to the cast, director, stage hands and all involved for a job well done!

  15. truckie says:

    By far the best show of the season, and one of my top 5 Quantum productions of all time. Lively, relevant, colorful (characters and costumes), here’s hoping for more of these next season. Kudos to the acting and stagecraft, too.

  16. Jeff says:

    I really enjoyed the play, and thought that the Quantum production was awesome — great acting, great direction, great staging and lighting. Fantastic job as always! The play itself was also well written and moving, but afterwards I felt a little bit “whipsawed” by the emotional roller coaster that the playwright put us through. The combination of slapstick humor and totalitarian grimness, especially the final scene, felt exhausting, and I found myself wishing that the playwright had settled more on either comedy or drama instead of taking us back and forth so much. By the way, I think the final scene left the audience depressed and maybe a bit confused, which is why the applause wasn’t as deafening as the cast deserved!

  17. Lawrence Wray says:

    The experience of Pantagleize was stunning. I have never seen a Quantum production before. Of course, I have seen productions of standard, widely-known plays, but I had no idea that theater could be like this. The physical site of the play was run down (I never knew anything was back that way, though I’ve been to Construction Junction): it had the quality of a living ruins, which was a perfect fit for the play’s crumbling social order and its desperation. When the water bottles came out in the interrogation scene, I knew immediately what they were for: I’d seen the famous video of Christopher Hitchens being water-boarded years ago, but it was breathtaking to see such a scene and to know that a connection was made between what our country does in places like Guantanamo. I half expected a police raid in that moment. It was sad for me, too, that those who wanted to over-throw the dictator were the torturers in that scene. There is a lot here to think about–a dissonant place between idealism and cynicism, and a desire for another choice (perhaps represented by the Robert Kennedy moment in the play). I enjoyed a lot of the absurdity, the show trial scene, for instance, or the Skype session with Pinochet and company. The actors were wonderful to listen to, all of them. The whole thing, that night I saw the play, felt alive and remains important to me five or so weeks later. Thanks to Quantum for staging this work.

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