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April 05, 2013


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Thank you for this incisive review of one of the most memorable and important theater experiences anyone can have. Kathryn Hunter’s transformation into the chimpanzee being a human being is one of the most remarkable and profound stage performances I can remember. The greatness of Ms. Hunter’s acting/dancing does not diminish the very powerful questions raised. What is civilization? Who really are we? Do we really adapt? The only fault I can find with his production is that it will only be available to New York audiences for a limited amount of time. That's a pity for it is really one of the great theater pieces of all time.

I'm glad you brought out some of the ideas of the play. I have the impression that people (and some reviewers) are so astonished and excited by her performance, and that incredible transformation -- and rightfully so, it's wonderful -- that they get distracted from thinking about the many vast issues and ideas the play takes up. All in all a truly remarkable theater experience. Thanks for writing!

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