Paradox

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Absurd
Comedy
Comic Drama
Psychological Drama
Thriller-Horror
Subject:
Desires
Feminism
Panic
Philosophy
Sex
Vengeance

Text in:

he English

Prof. Reuben Nimrodi, the charismatic head of the Philosophy Department, wins a much desired position and leaves suddenly for Harvard University. His absence forces Yonat, his devoted yet neurotic assistant, to face a class for the first time in her life, and teach Deconstruction theory. How will Yonat survive the class? Why did she invite a prostitute? And what other surprises await her there?

Paradox takes a close look at authority-based relationships, by deconstructing romantic yearnings, and questioning ‘authority’ in general. While doing so, the play also provides a fresh perspective of modern Israeli women today.
The play is written for two female performers, and involves live participation of the audience while imitating classroom dynamic.
The play premiered in Tmuna Theater, Tel Aviv, in November 2014, directed by Sharon Stark, and staring Efrat Arnon and Nitzan Keren. It is an hour long.

The characters

Female:2 Male:1 Total:3

Translations

English

Productions

Premierre

2014 Tmoona Theatre director: Sharon Ingrid Stark

Critics

Marat Parkhomovsky:

The main quality of "Paradox" stems from the brilliant text by Stark, which successfully incorporates philosophical issues into a drama of passions, surrealism and humor that also has some of the makings of a detective story. Stark thus successfully creates an intriguing, arousing and surprising play.
Ayelet Dekel:
"Paradox" sets out to tickle the fancy of the extravagantly educated and perpetually inquisitive: Yonat, an eager yet inexperienced doctoral candidate is a last minute replacement for the illustrious Professor of Philosophy Reuben Nimrodi, who is already Harvard bound without a word of farewell having received an academic offer he could not refuse. It’s the neurotic research assistant’s first time, and over the course of this comic thriller, she will attempt to teach a class on Post-Modernism. Is it, then, as funny and strange as it sounds? Definitely, and delightfully so."
Shay Bar-Yaakov, Yediot Aharonot:
Sharon Stark is indeed not only a gifted actress, but a promising playwright.
The relationship between the two actresses, which seem simple at the beginning, become more and more complex as the show progresses and develops into a deep form of deconstruction in Stark's clever play- The deconstruction and assembly of the main character itself.

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