on 19 February 2004
Having been previously unfamiliar with Brook's work I was blown away by the quality and impact of The Man Who. The short and sometimes fragmented scenes can be disjointed to read at times but the characters are so interesting that is certainly worth the effort. I am quite interested in mental illness which added an extra dimension of enjoyment for me to the piece but it is essentially a great piece of drama. The staging and setting of the piece are very very flexible and it would be possible to stage it in either a very naturalistic setting of an institution or similar or to get a bit creative and abstract. It is the text that matters much more than the setting but naturally a different set would give a massively different perspective on the piece.
I look forward to reading more of Brooks work as he is a very important figure in modern theatre and a great practitioner. Stanislavski had better shift over on his pedestal.