‘The Flu Season’ stirs emotions

By From page B4 | August 01, 2014

Ovation Stage presents “The Flu Season” by  Will Eno. A different kind of flu, this Sacramento premiere is directed by Maggie Adair Upton and runs now through Aug. 10.

“The Flu Season,” winner of the 2004 Oppenheimer Award for best New York debut by an American playwright, is a tour de force not only of emotion but of language.

It’s frightening, it’s intoxicating and it’s very funny. The Ionesco-like Absurdist reminds us that we all talk past each other and never-ever listen. Since we are all, to some degree, the playwrights of our own lives, questions take on deep shadows from the actions onstage as well as actions in our lives.

Self-consciously intelligent, dancing ever on the edge of absurdity, “The Flu Season” takes place at a “Psychiatric Retreat Center,” at which the dog-eared man meets woman scenario receives a painful injection of reality, faced with a love story gone awry.

As riveting as the characters are, the real star of this play is the caged panther of a script. Ambivalent and rife with wordplay, “The Flu Season” is at once manic and strangely contained.

The cast is Brent Dirksen as Man, Alexandra Barthel as Woman, Earl Victorine as Docto, Karen Kearney as Nurse with Cynthia Speakman doing Prologue and Aviv Hannan doing Epilogue. The Stage Manager is Dannie Pedersen.

The play performs at  Three Penny Theatre, 1723 25th St. in Sacramento, through Aug.10, Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for general admission; senior, student and SARTA are $15. Tickets can be ordered online at or call the box office at 916-606-5050.

The play is recommended for mature audiences.

Ovation Stage

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