William Stevenson
November 24, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST


Current Status
In Season

We gave it a B+

Everyone’s life is the stuff of drama. That’s the message of Lifegame, an unusual show by Britain’s Improbable Theatre, in which each night a different volunteer recounts his or her life to an onstage interviewer and company members act out the important events. Sometimes the volunteer joins in, as him- or herself or a relative; sometimes the actors borrow the style of a French film or a biblical epic or use masks or slow motion. It’s all improvised, making it even more impressive when the fast-thinking ensemble hits on a funny or poignant moment. The performance I saw began with too-brief vignettes (and bad Brooklyn accents) but ended with a beautiful imagined death on a Samoan island. Yes, this is your life — and death. B+

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