Live Garra Theatre connects
Sartre’s ‘No Exit’ to present day
By Andrew Walker White
DC Metro Theatre Arts - November 17, 2019
"NO EXIT" by Jean-Paul Sartre, a one-act with three damned souls brought together to live out eternity in the same room – dispirited by impoverished livelihoods and bolstered by material affluence; a place where misery loves company, somewhere over the inferno.
“Live Garra Theatre (currently in residence at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre) and its Artistic Director, Wanda Whiteside, has taken a bold step by reviving Jean-Paul Sartre’s classic play, No Exit, using it as a springboard for post-show discussions about healing what ails us in these troubled times…. “Hell is other people!” – that’s the famous line from this play, but it’s delivered in frustration by a man (Garcin) who made life hell for his wife for years. So the audience is left pondering, in what way do we make life hell for others? In what way do we begin to rebuild trust, dignity, and empathy, so that the world around us becomes less hellish? Be sure to stick around for the post-show discussion led each night by the production’s director, Whiteside." (excerpt)