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CHARLES BUKOWSKI'S - SOUTH OF NO NORTH (Stories Of The Burried Life)

Adapted and directed by Leo Farley
and Jonathan Powers
February 24-March 26, 2000 /
(remount) September 20-December 17, 2000 /

BUKOWSKI FROM BEYOND - one night only
SoHo Playhouse June 29, 2009

"Played with acerbic intelligence and fond humor..." The New Yorker

"Steve Payne plays Bukowski with an expresive mix of pleasure and sadness" The New York Times

NY TIMES REVIEW
TAPED FOR LINCOLN CENTER ARCHIVES

“Nine short stories by Charles Bukowski, adapted into a seamless evening by Leo Farley and Jonathan Powers. Bukowski is played with acerbic intelligence and fond humor by Stephen Payne. ..The production allows the audience to see not just Bukowski’s art but also the inspiration behind it.” The NewYorker - March 2000

“The play, adapted by the co-directors Leo Farley and Jonathan Powers dramatizes nine tales of the drunk, brutal, ridiculous and downtrodden characters who populate Bukowski’s prose. Here we see bittersweet romance, cartoonish burlesque and violent melodrama, acted by an able seven person ensemble in multiple roles.” The New York Times -David Dewitt - March 2000

“Leo Farley and Jonathan Powers have adapted and directed this piece with brilliant results. The show moves fluidly from story to story, the pace never lagging. Casting is equally impeccable, with the wonderful actor Stephen Payne topping the list. …What a gem to be found buried away on 29th Street.” Backstage - Irene Backalenick - March 2000

“Leo Farley and Jonathan Powers have not only adapted and directed Charles Bukowski’s book but have put the Californian onstage to say he’s interested in ‘perverts, not saints’…dramatic and invigorating” The Village Voice - Finkle - March 2000

“Farley and Powers center their play on Bukowski himself, played with raffish aplomb by Stephen Payne….What emerges is a hilarious yet often oddly poignant portrait of Bukowski’s world. Seven actors play many roles in the various stories dramatized, and all are wonderful”
Chelsea Clinton News - D.L. Lepidus - March 2000

“What makes this endeavor most interesting is not so much the content of the stories, as the way Messrs. Farley and Powers have woven them together into a play about the writer and, even more impressively, the way he writes.” Curtain Up - Elyse Sommer - March 2000

“Bukowski’s bizarre stories are nicely realized by the team of Farley and Powers. They should be commended for their efforts, and 29th Street Rep actors once again prove their chops with such dark material. The Bukowski/29th Street Rep coupling is a match made in heaven, and a godsend for anyone interested in seeing Bukowski’s characters leap from the page and come alive” Theater Mania - March 2000

“Poverty, infidelity, alcoholism and abject despair were never as much fun as they are in “South of No North” Leo Farley and Jonathan Powers’ winning adaption of nine short stories by the late Charles Bukowski. …This show illustrates the blue-collar world ain’t no cause for the blues. In fact, it can be downright invigorating.” City Search - Rose Martelli - March 2000

“South of No North is a remarkable play perfectly realized by its authors in this sterling production at 29th Street Rep. The world of South of No North is for the most part dark and bitter and profane. …I don’t know of a more evocative glimpse into the soul of an artist than this play offers: this extraordinary journey that Farley and Powers take us on, though often discomfiting, is rewarding and thought-provoking”
NY Theater.com - Martin Denton - March 2000

(below) Bukowski with Pamela "Cupcakes" - Photo copyright 1988 Joan Levine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

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