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Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row

410 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

1hr, 30mins
No Intermission
Important Dates
Jan 17, 2013
Feb 07, 2013
Mar 09, 2013
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Ethan Hawke stars in Jonathan Marc Sherman's new play, based on Bertolt Brecht's 'Baal.'


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What Is the Story of Clive?
Based on Bertolt Brecht’s controversial play Baal, Clive tells the story of an aging rocker who struggles to connect with a whirlwind of friends and lovers while his music career declines and his drug addiction intensifies. As his self-destructive personality takes over, the things that once made Clive happy (drugs, sex and fame) come back to haunt him.

Critics’ Reviews

Jonathan Marc Sherman’s 'Clive,' directed by and starring Ethan Hawke, has Derek McLane’s perfect sleazy setting, Jeff Croiter’s evocative lighting, and Gaines' dark music to tell a somber tale of decadence and self-destruction.

Review by David Sheward from Backstage

Even delivering annotative lines like 'They exit,' [Vincent] D’Onofrio exudes a gleeful, dangerous heat.

Review by Ben Brantley from The New York Times

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Clive Like?
Directed by Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke, written by Jonathan Marc Sherman and starring them both (in addition to Vincent D’Onofrio, Zoe Kazan and more), Clive is a 90-minute retelling of Brecht’s first 1923 play. Featuring a collection of traditional and unlikely instruments, the ensemble cast sings and plays a variety of classic American songs. Clive is an abstract story told in “21 shards,” featuring a dizzying array of record producers, friends, girlfriends and one-night-stands that enter and exit the title character's life.

Is Clive Good For Kids?
Hire a babysitter—drug use, violence, sex and harsh language run rampant in this adults-only drama.