What happens when your best worker becomes your worst nightmare? That's the simple yet ultimately ingenious premise behind Herman Melville's celebrated novella, Bartleby the Scrivener, which takes on new life in this original stage adaptation from Organic Theater Company. With five simple words, "I would prefer not to," the mysterious Bartleby wreaks havoc in an orderly New York law office, forcing his weak-willed boss into increasingly futile attempts to make him get back to work -- or get rid of him altogether. Adapted for the stage by Organic Theater's Producing Artistic Director, Alexander Gelman, Bartleby the Scrivener is absurdist theater at its funniest and most poignant.
Presented by Organic Theater Company
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Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended
"...Organic Theater plays up Melville's humor, often to the point of slapstick, but never loses the other deep threads running through the tale. The cast gels well under Alexander Gelman's direction, the more caricatured bits anchored by Richard Gross's mild, enigmatic Bartleby. When vaudeville-style routines (elaborate physical confusion over hats or stacks of paper) don't entirely succeed, at least they have the good grace not to fail. Alas, it's probably a sign of looming middle age that I now sympathize more with Bryan Wakefield's excellent, beleaguered narrator than with obstinate Bartleby."
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This show has been Jeff Recommended*
|*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the opening night judges of The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee. The entire production is then eligible for nomination for awards at the end of the season.