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About the director: Ivo van Hove (1958) began his career as a stage director in 1981, working with plays he had written himself (Ziektekiemen, Geruchten). He was artistic manager at AKT, Akt-Vertical and De Tijd, successively. Between 1990 and 2000 he was the director at Het Zuidelijk Toneel. Since 2001, Van Hove has been general director of Toneelgroep Amsterdam (the Amsterdam Theatre Group). His latest works, The Roman Tragedies, Opening Night and Cries and Whispers have played to critical acclaim.


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La Voix Humaine (The Human Voice) | Ivo van Hove/Toneelgroep Amsterdam

All Seating:$45

“enormously affecting” –Village Voice

One of the world’s few great solo pieces written for a woman.

The French poet, author and filmmaker Jean Cocteau wrote La Voix Humaine as a monologue in 1927. Ivo van Hove revolutionizes this stunning play, which centres around one last desperate phone call. The premise is both simple and agonizing: a young woman receives a call from the lover who abandoned her. He’s set to marry another woman the following day. This is the last time they will speak to one another.

A contemporary approach to a timeless situation, this tour-de-force by renowned Dutch director van Hove is both voyeuristic and heart-breaking.  Expertly performed by one of The Netherlands' most celebrated stage actresses, Halina Reijn. Performed in Dutch with English surtitles.


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