A Seat at the Apocalypse

Why Eugene Ionesco and Palm Beach Dramaworks are friends to the common man The Chairs


The Chairs, written by Eugene Ionesco; translated by Martin Crimp. Directed by William Hayes. With Dan Leonard and Barbara Bradshaw. Presented through February 1 at Palm Beach Dramaworks, 322 Banyan Blvd., West Palm Beach. Visit palmbeachdramaworks.org, or call 561-514-4042.

Swept up with feeling for these strange, sad beings, you may realize that they find nothing odd in a host of invisible guests because they themselves have been invisible for so long. You may find something touching and decent in the way Semiramis scrambles to find enough chairs to accommodate the guests, never doubting for a moment that even the invisible deserve a seat at her table. And you may note with growing excitement that, for all the chairs cluttering the stage, the Old Man and Semiramis eventually neglect to sit down at all. The stage is theirs, they are visible and corporeal, and despite a life of quiet ignominy, they have elected to, at long last, stand up. You can't wait to see what they'll do.

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