A Hero's Welcome

Ajax scours the body politic in search of a conscience; The Chairs discovers the seat of all meaninglessness

At last, with the host seated, the Orator (Michael Robertson) arrives to deliver the old man's message. The Orator is a silent specter, dressed like the serial killer from Scream. In a final cruel irony, the message is gibberish and pantomime. Ionesco's bleak vision of the human comedy nullifies the very possibility of meaningful communication. So why are we laughing?

 

Armor envy: Ajax (David Ward) hints at some vague dissatisfaction with regard to his homecoming
Armor envy: Ajax (David Ward) hints at some vague dissatisfaction with regard to his homecoming

Ajax runs through February 21 at the Hennepin Center for the Arts; (612) 573-4753.The Chairs runs every Thursday in February at the Bryant-Lake Bowl; (612) 825-8949.

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