Join us for this adults-only theatrical experience exploring the R-rated imagination of the extraordinarily eccentric storyteller with his provocative short plays, mischievous music, and poetry for naughty children. Jump to. Sections of this page.
Sheldon Allan "Shel" Silverstein was a decidedly American writer who has been translated into more than 30 languages, and whose books have sold over 20 million copies. Silverstein created a remarkable body of work that spans the gamut from county and western songs to children's literature, from poetry to short plays. He also illustrated much of his own writing.
This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own. Welcome to the darkly comic world of Shel Silverstein, a world where nothing is as it seems and where the most innocent conversation can turn menacing in an instant.
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There is an air of revolt surrounding "An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein," but it's filled more with pitchforks and torches than tear gas and tanks. The anthology of poems, skits and short plays by the humorist best known for children's books "The Giving Tree" and "Where the Sidewalk Ends" has a laid-back and unplugged feel. And yet it is just strange enough to be intriguing despite being soaked in late '60s and early '70s radicalism.
You are a busy, hard-working adult juggling a lot of responsibilities. You are probably a bit nervous about what going to school might mean financially and how it might affect your ability to meet your family and work responsibilities. You probably want to maintain some social life.
The mind that created the twisted poems and drawings, indelible to our youth, shines brilliantly on the adult world and all its absurdity, and the people at Allens Lane revel in it. Mariangela Saavedra directs a solid cast that transitions frequently and totally into different characters. Patrick Cathcart uses accents to switch from blind street musician to Russian laundry man.
According to the program of the Atlantic Theater Co. Lit in candy colors by Robert Perry, it could double as a dance floor in some stylish retro boite. She retorts by harassing him back with nicknames for the penis.
The resulting attention is long-deserved and well-earned for stars Lacey Piotter and John T. The dark, cynical cast of the plays surely surprised many attendees at least one woman at the Sunday afternoon performance audibly gaspedbut right on the cover of the program is an illustration based on The Giving Treea beloved story with a dark heart. The fable about a tree that gladly offers itself to be used by a boy over the course of a lifetime is typically read as an inspiring tale about devoted friendship, but it can also be seen as a dramatization of an abusive relationship.