Definition: ”A boisterous performance. Confusion. Said of a group gone out of control at a meeting of the Legislature of the V.I. which had got out of hand with all shouting and gesticulating at once, President Malloy remarked, “this is like a fish wharf.” To which Senator Earle Ottley quickly yelled above the din, ”‘Tis worse than a fish wharf; ’tis a pistarckle!”
Source: Page 96, What a Pistarckle!
The Pistarckle Theater in St. Thomas has an interesting name with ties to the VI, but if you go to the play tonight expecting a scene more fitting for Market Square on a Saturday morning, you are going to be sorely disappointed.
As you know from our post yesterday, a lucky Coconut Wire blogger had the opportunity to attend the “pay as you go” night for ‘RED’. This blogger would go again and again. The play was wonderful and thought provoking.
It is simple, almost. It’s about at artist (Mr. Mark Rothko) and his assistant during a tumultuous time in Rothko’s career. He has taken money to create pieces for the prestigious ”Four Seasons” restaurant. His work needs time and (many say) meditation to understand. During the course of his creating, he comes to the realization (with the help of his assistant) that his art will not get the attention it deserves. Those who love it and appreciate it will be unable to do so in a restaurant. Here is an example of one his pieces.
You can see how a piece like this one on the left may not just jump out at you with you actually engaging with it. The man had a point.
The play gives you an insider’s perspective on the creative process. Rothko describes his paintings being seen and sold by the public as “sending a blind child into a room full of razor blades”. The conflict between him and his assistant provide the audience with quote after profound quote that almost make you want to pause the play so you can chew on the concept a little longer.
There are only two actors in the play. One could think this could create awkward gaps in the play or possibly be a little boring. It is anything but. The good people in charge at Pistarckle held auditions in New York for the roles of Rothko and his assistant. As a result, Ronald Brown and Kevin Coubal are taking a break from winter in the city to entertain us!
Both men are professional actors and are very personable. They were a joy at the meet and greet. And yes, they have both seen an actual Rothko in person. If you have questions about the play/content/production/etc. after the play, they are more than willing to answer them and discuss.
The bloggers of the Coconut Wire highly recommend you get tickets and see this play so you too can decide you need to see it twice!
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