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re: Has anyone here seen ONE NIGHT - 9 hour storytelling play in Brooklyn? Comments please
Posted by: Anonymous 07:05 pm EDT 05/23/22
In reply to: Has anyone here seen ONE NIGHT - 9 hour storytelling play in Brooklyn? Comments please - theaterluvr 05:31 pm EDT 05/23/22

As someone who is generally a fan of Target Margin's work and who enjoys more experimental theater I really loved ONE NIGHT. They do work that stimulates the mind as much (or maybe even more) than one's emotions. Saw it last month and am still thinking about it. Images from the piece are still playing in my mind. The show is more like 8 1/2 hours rather than a full 9 (or at least was when I saw it.) The duration is central to the experience, as they are connecting it to the idea of Scheherazade telling stories all night. Could they have condensed things? Sure, but to my mind it would defeat the purpose of what they are trying to do. That said, despite it's extreme length, the show has a very relaxed feel - it didn't feel like an endurance challenge, rather an invitation to share time, space and stories with Target Margin's ensemble, and fellow audience members who I was able to talk to, and get to know a bit before and at certain points in the evening. After these years of COVID, that was really special. Audience members are required to provide a COVID negative test the day-of show - so it actually felt safe to be with others in the space. We were all masked except for when actively eating. They feed you, serve snacks, tea, tell you to feel free to get up whenever you like to stretch your legs, use the bathroom, take a phone call, take a walk and the crew introduces themselves individually so you know who to ask if you need something during the show. Target Margin moved into that space maybe a year or a year and a half before COVID, and the show is constantly reconfiguring the space and the possibilities of its use. I loved being able to choose to go from relaxing on a bean bag for the first section, to shifting to a comfy sofa for another part and then choosing a different seat with a different perspective of the action for another section to a more set seating configuration for the final section. All the design work on the show is incredibly creative and beautiful to experience. I love ambitious long shows and usually have to seek out foreign companies at the various presenting orgs in NYC (BAM, St. Ann's, the defunct Lincoln Center Festival, etc.) to enjoy them, so it was a rare treat to experience such work from a home grown company.
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