PLAYS
BY
EVALD
FLISAR


SYNOPSES
& How to order

THE
CHESTNUT CROWN

TOMORROW

WHAT ABOUT
LEONARDO?

THE NYMPH DIES

UNCLE FROM
AMERICA

THE
ELEVENTH PLANET

NORA, NORA

Introduction by the Author

Susan Nash:
A response to Evald Flisar's plays.



The Chestnut Crown

The diction of Evald Flisar's first play is wholly authentic, suffused with hidden and revealed passions, with almost naturalistic yet hardly everyday speech patterns, with language brought into the world by life itself, with ideas that successfully rise above ideologies, since they constitute part of the sensual and emotional fabric of life from which they emerge…
Vasja Predan, Delo, 1971

Tomorrow

First broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Tomorrow is given its British stage premiere by Mania Productions at Barons Court, and a striking piece of metaphorical theater it turns out to be… Leading Slovenian playwright Evald Flisar creates an hilarious stage world inhabited by a collection of oddball characters… allowed to teeter on a fine edge between order that is underpinned by violence and the potential madness of liberation…
Roger Foss, What's On, London, 1993

What about Leonardo?

This excellently constructed play (smoothly flowing, superbly witty, accomplished in dialogue, with bitter undertones) was directed by Dušan Mlakar with great subtlety and a feeling for nuances… To audiences, What about Leonardo? offers enjoyment on many levels - a well-crafted, funny and thought-provoking text has been brought to life by a team of actors who almost surpass one another…
Lojze Smasek, Vecer, 1992

…a confrontation with literature, with the "therapist" Shakespeare - a confrontation with which Flisar wittily and dramatically poses the question of the dangers of literature if it escapes (or is lured from) its natural habitat of aesthetic catharsis into unpredictable, uncontrollable mythological regions of the unconscious… The tumultuous applause on the opening night confirmed the great success of this theatrical event…
Veno Taufer, Delo, 1992

The Nymph Dies

"Grab hold of air and climb up it to heaven," Tristan throws at Iseult in one of their confrontations, which multiply day by day like epileptic seizures. With this double metaphor Flisar strikes at the heart of his "play about love and death": it is a play about expanding emptiness, the big Nothing, the great disillusion. This is quite simply a play about the death of love, not just any love, but the Great Romantic Love - the one that tries to recreate the ideal indelibly scorched into our consciousness by traveling minstrels of the Middle Ages… It must be said that Evald Flisar has written another excellent play, this time rapidly descending from the pure laughter of comedy into farce, grotesque, theater of the absurd and cruelty…
Milan Dekleva, Dnevnik, 1994


Uncle from America


A tight and unmuddled plot, full of dramatic suspense, a skilful blend of comedy and tragedy, witty and in parts aphoristic dialogue - these are the elements on which firmly rests Flisar's contemporary comical-sad grotesque about self-destructive dreamers and losers of all kinds. A firmly structured text and a self-assured direction have given the actors a range of creative opportunities…
Slavko Pezdir, Delo, 1994

The Eleventh Planet

The Eleventh Planet is a longing for freedom, for the possibility of aligning one's life with the lives of others, for respectful interpersonal ties. Flisar emphasizes our imprisonment in social norms, our desire to reject the settled order of things, and our inability to do so… Flisar deals with his theme in a way reminiscent of the works of De Filippo, where action is accompanied by deep inner shocks, so that spontaneous laughter on our lips freezes in bitter acknowledgment of our helplessness…
Bogomila Kravos, Primorske novice, 2000

Nora Nora

The exciting and multifaceted
Nora Nora, for which Flisar won last year's Grum Award for the best Slovenian play, is far from being a mere paraphrase of Ibsen's renowned masterpiece… The main reason for Nora Nora's excellence lies mostly in Flisar's sensitivity to the complex speech of the plot, his lucid analysis of its key moments, his ability to expose its playfulness, while not avoiding its gnawing pain, its noisy sarcasm and its acrid self-irony …
Petra Pogorevc, Sodobnost, 2004


Collected Plays, I
by Evald Flisar
© 2006

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