Think you had a weird dream last night? It’s probably nothing compared to the one playing out in Spooky Action Theater’s “Kafka on the Shore,” which features a teenage runaway named Kafka, Colonel Sanders, Johnnie Walker, a maybe-prostitute, UFOs and a talking cat. The play, adapted from the novel by Haruki Murakami, dips between the conscious and subconscious mind, the past and the near-present, the spirit world and reality.
“If your subconscious turns out to be a shared experience with other people in theater, you’re all going to a place that’s like a dream world, and you’re all feeling it together,” says artistic director Richard Heinrich. “How does that feel? And then [you’re] walking out of the theater thinking, ‘I was having the most incredible dream, and everyone was dreaming it with me.’ ”
Yes, “Kafka on the Shore” is a challenging (but humorous!) work, raising more questions than answers.
“It’s an unusual play, and it has some pleasures that are unusual,” says director Rebecca Holderness.
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