"...In the über-privileged U.S., that lockdown takes the form of a cozy, superinsulated trance. Playwright Robi Polgar, whose 2004 The Road to Wigan Pier (on which I worked) translated George Orwell's book about unemployed British miners into a skewed musical-satirical statement on 20th-century political science, observes blackly that Americans "are so insulated, we wouldn't know good art if it walked into a bus and blew itself up."..."
"...Robi Polgar: When we did The Road To Wigan Pier at the Off Center a decade ago, we set the show in an environment that mocked a 1930s working men’s club in a dingy mining town, with cheesy decor, a live band, a pair of ladies serving tea, an MC, and so on. The play tried to include as many elements of what you might experience in such a club at the time, including a raffle, which we held, live, at the end of the intermission..."
"...The Road to Wigan Pier (7th Street Working Men's Club)..."
"...Recently, a crop of unusually promising young actors has appeared on the Austin theatre scene, contributing vivid performances to shows as diverse as The Road to Wigan Pier, The Cry Pitch Carrolls, American Arcana, Quake, and The Kentucky Cycle. These actors Bradley Carlin, Brent Werzner, Elizabeth Wakehouse, Jeffery Mills, and Andrea Skola, among others project a quirky onstage confidence and self-possession, a freshness and flexibility that relishes the unexpected..."
"...The Austin Circle of Theatres' annual honors for excellence in local stage work are a deeply ingrained part of the local arts calendar, and with this, their 30th go-round (recognizing work mounted from August 2003 through July 2004), they're giving their loudest endorsement to a pair of homegrown musicals. Love Jerry, Megan Gogerty's difficult yet compassionate tale of a man who abuses his best friend's child and the repercussions of his act, and The Road to Wigan Pier, George Orwell's account of the living and working conditions of English miners reconceived by Chronicle Dance-Classical listings Editor Robi Polgar as a music hall entertainment, were both created in Austin and scored seven nominations each, including Outstanding Music Theatre Production, Original Script, and Original Score...."
"...The Road to Wigan Pier..."
"...The Road to Wigan Pier, 7th Street Working Men's Club..."