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Theater review: Needcompany’s THE DEER HOUSE

October 7, 2010

I’ve been covering the work of Needcompany, the Brussels-based theater troupe, since its inception in 1987. I saw their first piece, need to know, at the Polverigi Festival in Italy, and I think I’ve seen all the work they’ve presented in New York, mostly at the BAM Next Wave Festival. I interviewed director Jan Lauwers for the New York Times when they performed Morning Song in 1999, and then when they returned in 2001 with their savage adaptation of King Lear, I interviewed Lauwers again for the BAM Playbill. My review of their latest work, The Deer House, has been posted on

The Deer House… is an epic spectacle about chaos and beauty, theater and war. Of all European theatermakers, Needcompany’s director and playwright Jan Lauwers is virtually alone in remaining insistently aware that a brutal war is being fought somewhere on the planet, sometimes just a day’s trip by car from where he’s living. And in his work, he refuses to avert his gaze from that reality.”

You can read the entire review online here.

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