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Forced Entertainment Real Magic

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“The effect is like watching and hearing a mighty poem about the plight and possibilities of humanity…a kind of speculative and imaginative storytelling, beautiful, luminous, and infinitely thoughtful.”—The Scotsman (UK) on Tomorrow’s Parties

Vanguard theater ensemble Forced Entertainment returns with Tomorrow’s Parties and Real Magic: two productions that demonstrate the unique charms of their ever-probing yet subversively witty worldview. Led by artistic director Tim Etchells, the group ranks among Britain’s foremost innovators, consistently producing stage work that’s been described as “confounding conventions and exploding audience expectations” (The Times, London). See both shows to experience Forced Entertainment’s genius for delivering “a different perspective, one that is both clear-eyed...but also utterly fantastical” (The Guardian UK).

In Real Magic a group of performers are engaged in a feat of mind reading—what might be from a cabaret act or even a chaotic game show. As they try and try again, both facing defeat and glimpsing success, you’re caught up in their world of variations and changes, distortions and transformations. A hallucinatory ride through buoyant optimism, absurd struggle, and comic repetition, Real Magic’s real trick is revealing something about our deep-seated desire for change.

Performers on stage: A blindfolded man listens while another sings next to a performer in a chicken costume holding a sign that reads "caravan"

Forced Entertainment, Real Magic, image courtesy of the artist

Performers running with props as woman stands in center

Forced Entertainment, Real Magic, image courtesy of the artist

performers sitting

Forced Entertainment, Real Magic, image courtesy of the artist

MAJOR SEASON SUPPORT FOR PERFORMING ARTS

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

The Blackwell

 

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER

Greater Columbus Arts Council

Ohio Arts Council

Columbus Foundation

Nationwide Foundation

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Forced Entertainment Real Magic