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?

 

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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