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Go to the show. And I mean, right away, this minute...you won't be prepared for how beautiful it is.
– Time Out New York
...ruefully, comically sentimental piece that plucks a fleeting connective poetry in the seeming randomness of what we hoard.
– The New York Times
breathtaking...The Object Lesson is one of a kind.
– The Times (UK)
A work of wonderful absurdism, technical genius and, ultimately, breathtaking illusionism. Brilliantly original and absolutely unmissable.
– The List
Offbeat, often surreal and gently whimsical show...hugely enjoyable, highly intelligent.
– The Guardian
Staged with an illusionist's skill and an aching sense of the need not just for less, but also for that which is truly valued.
– The Guardian
Illusionist and performer Geoff Sobelle’s The Object Lesson unpacks the material components of memory. From the depths of a glittering sky-high junkpile installation, Sobelle produces an impossible profusion of artifacts. The objects he presents recount a story of life and love. They seem to contain the past itself. Combining charmingly simple delivery and meticulous stagecraft, The Object Lesson is a meditation on the things we keep and the things we throw away. It is a magic act of storytelling by one of the US’s most unusually gifted performers.
A co-founder of actor-driven company Rainpan 43 and a member of Philadelphia’s celebrated Pig Iron Theatre Company, Goeff Sobelle is a physical theatre-maker driven by a passion for articulating the absurd. The Object Lesson has garnered Sobelle the 2014 Carol Tambor and Total Theatre awards, two of the Edinburgh Fringe’s most prestigious honours. Sobelle performed and choreographed HOLOSCENES, which was part of this year’s Nuit Blanche.
An award-winning performer, director, and creator of original theatre, Geoff Sobelle is a member of the Pig Iron Theater Company, which was awarded an Obie in 2005 for Hell Meets Henry Halfway. His production of machines machines machines machines machines machines machines won a 2010 Obie Award for design. Other honours include a 2005 Innovative Theatre Award for best performance art piece, all wear bowlers, which also received a Drama Desk Award nomination; and Barrymore Award nominations for best supporting actor and best choreography.
Join us for a series of Pre-show Teas with our Harbourfront Centre Scholars-in-Residence. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of The Object Lesson.
Geoff Sobelle’s The Object Lesson is inspired by our relationship to everyday objects: the junk drawer in your house, the pile of papers you need to file, the things you dream of buying. The performance is timely given the contemporary fascination with those who hold onto and can’t let go of stuff. But while it’s easy to watch a show like Hoarders as a form of entertainment, how often do we think about our own relationship to objects and things? And what does this relationship have to say about our engagement with our stuff, the world, and each other?
The second performance of each World Stage production is followed by our talkshow event, where the artists connect with the audience outside their work, fielding questions with the moderation of their colleagues in the community. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to The Object Lesson.