Reviewed by Paula Citron
The Post Office
Written by Rabindranath Tagore (translated by Julie Mehta)
Directed by John Van Burek
Performed by Mina James, Sugith Varughese, Patricia Marceau, Sam Moses, Errol Sitahal, Dylan Scott Smith and Jennifer Villaverde
Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs
May 7 to Jun. 4, 2011
Theatre can be a spiritual, transformative experience. Such is Pleiades production of Rabindranath Tagore’s The Post Office.
India’s greatest man of letters, Tagore wrote the play in 1911, and it radiates his greatest gifts, his humanity and his optimism. Even 100 years later, his characters and his theme can move one to tears.
Amal is a little boy who is terminally ill. As he sits at his window, he touches the heart and soul of everyone who passes by, low or high. He gives each dignity because he sees the wonder in everything.
Despite the uneven acting, and some ragged pacing, this play must be seen for its haunting magic realism. The multicultural cast and director John Van Burek are totally invested in the performance. The set and costumes are beautiful.
Amal’s enthusiasm for life, even as he dies, is so profound that the play will stay with you for days.
The Post Office continues at Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs until Jun. 4.