Two actors alternate the solo role in Actors Rep’s production of Wallace Shawn’s acclaimed play “The Fever” this week and next.
Written for one performer, “The Fever” will see Christine Probst take to the stage on 13, 19 and 22 October, while Erik Abbott (photo by Mike Zenari) plays the solo role on 12, 15 and 20 October.
The play features a traveller whose journey to a poor country triggers a personal moral crisis.
Directed by Peter Zazzali, who has worked at theatres including The Actor’s Playhouse and Manhattan Repertory Theatre in New York, the play was hailed as “a ferocious meditation on the inequities of global capitalism” by The Guardian during a London revival in 2015.
The New York Times, in a more mixed review, said that play was a “corrosive exercise in theatrical conscience-baiting” and that Shawn’s models were Kafka and Dostoyevsky “at its best, ‘The Fever’ does achieve the hypnotic force of those explorers of the uncanny.”
The play was adapted by Shawn for a well-received 2004 film version starring Vanessa Redgrave. But it is as an intimate one-person show that it works best, so the setting in the basement of Konrad Café should work a treat.
The show starts at 8 p.m.; each night and food and drinks can be ordered at Konrad before and after the show. Watch out for our review on the Delano website on Thursday 13 October.