Smack in the middle of CanStage's whirlwind theatrical adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's short story "The Overcoat" (1842), all activity screeches to a sudden halt. Blinded by an intense golden light, actors playing the employees of an architecture firm stagger backward in awe, as if a UFO has just alighted in the wings, stage left. Orchestral music rises to a triumphal crescendo. The office workers hold their breath, as do we. After what seems like an eternity, a figure shuffles onstage. It isn't an alien, but it... More >>>
American Conservatory Theater's production of
The Overcoat features a two-story mechanized
set, more than 85 costumes, and 22 actors.