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Review: ‘The Encounter’ Is a High-Tech Head Trip Through an Amazon Labyrinth

SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

Ben Brantley raves about the new Broadway experience The Encounter in his latest review:

See that scruffy-looking guy up there on the stage, the one messing around with the microphones and the plastic water bottles? It turns out that he’s a world-class head shrinker — and head enlarger, too, an all-purpose mind-bender. He is going to retune, rearrange and reproportion your senses, while taking you places you never expected to visit.


All you have to do is lend him your ears.

Surely, no production on Broadway has ever thrown the doors of perception open as widely as The Encounter Simon McBurney’s astonishing one-man show, which opened on Thursday night at the Golden Theater. On one level, this singular piece from Complicite, a long-lived London-based troupe that regularly ventures where no actor has gone before, is simply a classic adventure story of an intrepid Western explorer lost in the Amazon rain forest... READ MORE

Photograph by Sara Krulwich / The New York Times

Author: Ben Brantley

TAGS: THE ENCOUNTER, SIMON MCBURNEY, BROADWAY, BEN BRANTLEY