Even on the first night of preview performances at Playwrights Horizons last spring, it was clear that this ensemble-intensive creation featuring as much open (i.e., dead) air as dialogue was going to be something special. Annie Baker’s THE FLICK focuses in on three low level employees in a fading Massachusetts art house cinema. In characteristic Baker style, both nothing and everything happens.
In fact, for some PH subscribers, so little happened that they complained, prompting AD Tim Sanford to send an email explaining why he chose to do the play.
Well, today must be some consolation, as THE FLICK netted the 2014 Pulitzer in a 12 noon ceremony at Columbia University.
To pull off a Baker play well, a lot depends on the cast. Perhaps almost too much. But the PH cast nailed it.
And apparently the jury agreed.
Scott Rudin is remounting the show with the same cast at the beloved Barrow Street Theatre this year.
Miss that – and we’ll be forced to sit for a good 2-3 minutes of Bakeresque dead silence staring at you…wondering WTF you were thinking…