The American premiere of Moira Buffini's play about a forgotten moment in British history.
What Is the Story of Gabriel?
On the English island of Guernsey during WWII, a handsome young man fluent in both German and English washes up naked on the shore. Unable to recall who he is or how he arrived in his current situation, the man is named “Gabriel” by his discoverers, a quartet of women isolated by the Nazi occupation of their seaside estate home. Hidden from the increasingly sharp eyes of the property’s Nazi inhabitants, Gabriel and his keepers try to decipher whether he is an Englishman, German or madman, while the lady of the house, Jeanne Becquet, tries to keep her head in an increasingly dangerous game of cat and mouse with one of the Nazi officers.
What Is Gabriel Like?
Tense, dark and unpredictable, Gabriel is a thriller in every sense of the word. While the show’s rooted in suspense, there’s also a fair amount of poetry to the language, making the production more dreamlike than your standard war-era mystery. As with any good drama, truly funny moments are born from the most emotionally charged explosions on stage, breaking up all the heavy mind-games with genuine laughs. Gabriel moves through terror, love, victory, defeat and back again with ease, culminating in an unexpected climax you’ll have to see to believe.
Is Gabriel Good for Kids?
Not at all. When Gabriel’s characters aren’t in compromising sexual situations, tossing around curse words off-handedly, stumbling around drunk or dealing with disturbing wartime issues, they’re discussing adult subjects, which will bore the little ones. On example of onstage violence in particular make this show a definitive “no” for youngsters. High school students may find it enthralling.