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Proof

a Play
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by David Auburn

COMPANY : Alliance Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Woodruff Art Center [WEBSITE]
ID# 332

SHOWING : March 21, 2002 - April 21, 2002

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

An enigmatic young woman, her manipulative sister, their brilliant father, and unexpected suitor are all pieces of the puzzle in this search for truth behind a mysterious mathematical proof. Winner of both the 2001 Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Proof is a funny and harrowing exploration of brilliance, madness and the mixed blessing of being our parentsí child. Regional Premiere. Contains adult language.


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Parade of Cliches
by CobbCountyDame
Friday, April 26, 2002
2.0
Ouch. Here come the cliches. 1. Genius = madness. 2. All we do is reducible to our family squables. 3. A play, like an Aesop fable, should have a moral. Turn on any TV movie of the week for the same dribble. Beautiful work by the actor who played the father, in fact they were all good. Very competent set. But this sort of well intentioned, vaguely liberal, feel good writing is killing American theatre. Pleasant enough if you can get discount tickets, don't pay full price. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
A Beautiful Proof
by Dedalus
Monday, April 22, 2002
5.0
Once again, I've delayed writing a review until it's too late for anyone to see the play.

When I first bought the script for "Proof," I read it twice in one sitting. I thought its depiction of the thin line separating genius and madness was compelling and more believable than anything in "A Beautiful Mind." I also found its sense of character to be more in tune with planet Earth than with planet Hollywood. These were people I liked, even when they were infuriating me.

Happily, the Alliance's production was able to bring this script to beautiful life. I loved everything about this show. The set was both striking and logically consistent (a first for my Alliance experiences). The actors ALL made the characters live and breathe. And the direction was compelling and consistent, without being intrusive.

This is certainly a play of ideas, but, more important, it is also a play about being human, about the fears and joys and griefs we all experience every day. And this production is all the proof I needed that theatre can express this humanity without being cloying or cliched or pitched to the Ritalin-dependent. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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