Everyman Theatre

Sharing everything isn't all it's cracked up to be in Rep Stage production of 'Circle Mirror Transformation'

Sharing everything isn't all it's cracked up to be in Rep Stage production of 'Circle Mirror Transformation'

Annie Baker’s 2009 OBIE-winning play, “Circle Mirror Transformation,” opens with all five characters lying on their backs with their eyes closed in a community center in Shirley, Vermont. In the current production at the Rep Stage, there’s a long pause, then someone says, “one.” After another pause, someone says, “two,” and someone else says, “three.” After a longer pause two different people say “four” at the same time, and Marty the teacher says, “Start again.” Long pause. “One.”

This kind of sensitivity exercise (you’re supposed to be so aware of the breathing patterns in the room that you won’t speak when someone else is about to) is a staple of group therapy, new-age training...

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