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De Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell et Gordon Farrell, d'après l'essai d’Agata & Jim Fingal


Résumé: Jim Fingal has a small job: to fact check articles for one of the best magazines in the country. Jim Fingal’s boss has given him a big assignment: apply his skill to a groundbreaking piece by legendary author John D’Agata. And now, Jim Fingal has a huge problem: John made up some of his article. Well, a lot of his article. OK, actually, maybe the majority of it? What starts professional quickly becomes profane as one question rises to the surface: Can Jim Fingal ever just shut the fact up?


Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Studio 54 (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 2 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 32 previews - 44 représentations
Première Preview : jeudi 20 septembre 2018
Première : jeudi 18 octobre 2018
Dernière : dimanche 13 janvier 2019
Mise en scène : Leigh Silverman
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Daniel Radcliffe (as Jim Fingal), Cherry Jones (as Emily Penrose) and Bobby Cannavale (as John d'Agata)
Commentaires : Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones & Bobby Cannavale return to the Great White Way to star in the world premiere of The Lifespan of a Fact, directed by Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman.

The Lifespan of a Fact is based on the stirring true story of John d'Agata’s essay, “What Happens There,” about the Las Vegas suicide of teenager Levi Presley. Jim Fingal, assigned to fact check the piece, ignited a seven-year debate on the blurred lines of what passes for truth in literary non-fiction.

"Why let the facts get in the way of a good story?" as the old adage goes. And yes, that is the central dilemma of this 95-minute no intermission play that hurtles through a few crucial days in the lives of writer John d'Agata, fact-checker Jim Fingal and editor Emily Penrose. Two opposing ideologies collide in a battle of two stubborn and highly intellectual combatants, while we are forced to ask ourselves where we stand. Facts are facts and there is no evading them, according to Jim. Or can facts be manipulated if they artistically enhance the telling of the story, John poses. Anyone who has never told a lie has never told a good story… Emily resides as judge and jury over the proceedings and it will ultimately be her call whether to publish the essay or not, as we draw ever closer to the Monday morning deadline.

Now you think you know what to expect... A drama that solely consists of a heavily-armed debate of ethical ideals? Think again... The Lifespan of a Fact is so deliciously packed with comedy, it catches you off-guard and draws you in unknowingly. Daniel Radcliffe, in particular, shines brightly, showing off his uncanny ability for comic timing as the obsessive, terrier-like Jim. His exchanges with Bobby Canavale (as John), as he flies to Las Vegas to confront the writer in his own home, are priceless. From his deadpan facial expressions to his slightly awkward physicality opposite the much larger stature of Cannavale, Radcliffe is delivering a master class that is well worth the price of admission.

Cherry Jones is also perfectly cast as the voice of reason and the authority in the equation. She exudes a wealth of experience and credibility on the stage and manages to steer the ship steadily towards its conclusion; albeit a deliberately ambiguous one, as we, the audience, momentarily slip into her shoes.

This production has an air of slickness about it - from Lucy Mackinnon's ultra-modern timeline and email projections to Mimi Lien's seamlessly efficient sliding sets - and director Leigh Silverman's execution is always precise, in terms of the pacing and use of space. It is a rare occasion that a new play stages its world premiere directly on Broadway and on this occasion, no doubt aided by the star quality and appeal of its cast, it has been a resounding success. Let's hope that the lifespan of this play reaches past Studio 54 and out into the rest of the theatrical world.
Presse : "With its cast, its dead-on timing, its perfect set by Mimi Lien and sound design by Palmer Hefferan, it would probably nail its laughs even without the dialogue. It’s what you call a good time. Of course, I can’t prove that." Jesse Green for New York Times

"Like most issue plays these days, this one ends on a note of ambiguity, but I suspect that most people in the audience will have made up their minds by then. It may be a problem when you can’t see the forest for the trees, but if the trees aren’t real, can you even call it a forest?" Adam Feldman for Time Out New York

"Written by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell, and Gordon Farrell, The Lifespan of a Fact is a riveting 90 minutes. Leigh Silverman directs with a sharp eye, encouraging her excellent actors to flesh out the roles with natural humor and nuance." Roma Torre for NY1

"At the first press performance of the crackerjack new Broadway play The Lifespan of a Fact, the laughs seemed especially explosive from copy editors in the audience, along with every writer who has ever dealt with that endangered species. But the spry humor, rippling tension and provocative reflections of this ingenious adaptation of the sui generis book of the same name will by no means speak exclusively to those of us who make our livings as members of the fourth estate." David Rooney for Hollywood Reporter

"Harry Potter had no sense of humor whatsoever, but Daniel Radcliffe proves to be a master of comedy in The Lifespan of a Fact, the brainy Broadway play that Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell adapted from a magazine article — better described, perhaps, as that classier literary form, the Essay — and a subsequent book by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal." Marilyn Stasio for Variety


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