Archives - Hysteria
by Terry Johnson
Directed by Martyn Jolly
Friday 12th – Saturday 20th June 2009 at 8pm in the Auditorium
It’s a farce...about Freud...no really! A wondrous comedy of mistaken identity.
Hysteria is a 'brilliant farce' of hilarious misunderstandings and the most dazzling array of special effects since Rocky Horror, Dracula and Frankenstein. It won the Evening Standard award for best comedy in 1994 as well as the Writers' Guild award for the best play in the West End in the same year.
One of the most brilliantly original and entertaining new plays I have seen in years: wild, weird and funny, serious, compassionate and shocking, blasphemous and reverential, intellectual and frivolous, a factual fantasy, a demented farce, a black nightmare...
Johnson has constructed a wondrous comedy of mistaken identity which darkens into a Freudian case history gone horribly awry...a thoughtful & brilliantly developed farce which knows exactly when the laughter has to stop.
Terry Johnson is that rare creature: a moralist with wit. He writes with responsible gaiety...
Near the end of the night, the play…literally tears the stage apart and startlingly visualizes a whole catalog of Freudian symbols and Dalian iconography. To cap the evening, Johnson provides an inspired ending that neatly and cleverly brings the play, and Freud’s life, full circle.
The Chicago Tribune
Part of the Barn’s 2008/2009 season
Presented by The Barn Theatre Club
Event details from The Barn Theatre Archive
|Sigmund Freud||-||Godfrey Marriott|
|Abraham Yahuda||-||Dick Breeze|
|Salvador Dalí||-||Andrew Powell Eddy|
Friday 12th – Saturday 20th June 2009 at 8pm
|Friday 12th June||8.00pm|
|Saturday 13th June||8.00pm|
|Monday 15th June||8.00pm|
|Tuesday 16th June||8.00pm|
|Wednesday 17th June||8.00pm|
|Thursday 18th June||8.00pm|
|Friday 19th June||8.00pm|
|Saturday 20th June||8.00pm|