"Ode to Joy"

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Playwright Craig Lucas discusses the world premiere of his play “Ode to Joy,” which he directs. He’s joined by Kathryn Erbe and Arliss Howard, who star in it. “Ode to Joy” tells the story of love, heartbreak, addiction, and illness through the eyes of Adele, a painter, and her destructive relationships with Mala and Bill, her two lovers. It’s playing at Cherry Lane Theater through April 19.


Kathryn Erbe, Arliss Howard and Craig Lucas

Comments [6]

Emily from Brooklyn

I agree quite strongly with Don about getting the name right. You should know the names of the people you interview. Additionally, what on earth was that comment about Phillip Seymour Hoffman? It was completely back-handed and disrespectful. Just because a person may or may not have been suffering a relapse doesn't make their opinions, thoughts, or ideals any less valid. It was especially rude because you were, in fact, dealing with at least two people who have dealt with addiction in their lives. Perhaps you should take a little time to educate yourself on things that you aren't familiar with before making such ignorant statements.

Mar. 20 2014 07:02 PM

Actually,I was the one who didn't like the play, and I persuaded my friend to leave. So my comment above represents my opinion only. Just to clarify.

Mar. 19 2014 05:22 PM
Taylor Morris from West Village

I saw this play on Opening Night, every seat filled. The audience was shrieking with laughter the entire way through. And we were all brought to tears at the end, in one of the most generous endings a playwright could give to an audience, the wish that we all could find joy no matter our circumstances. I love the way Lucas plays with narrative and, like Adele who is a painter, applies only brushstrokes of character and story creating an impressionistic view of addiction and the struggle to overcome it. Lucas is a demanding playwright, and much more in line with writers like Beckett and Pirandello than people might think. His plays require attention and unpacking. That's art folks. And the audience I sat with loved it and wanted more.

Mar. 19 2014 01:50 PM
Mary Fridley from Brooklyn

I tried listening to the interview with the "Ode to Joy" cast and director but had to turn it off because I couldn't bear how sophomoric and demeaning Lopate's questions were. Asking Kathy Erbe, a long-respected theater actress, about Det. Eames? Really? The only good thing is that I'd go see the play just because they were so polite in their responses to him.

Mar. 19 2014 01:02 PM
Don from east village

Leonard, you're speaking to Craig LUCAS -- not "Lewis" or "Louis" as you called him a few times at the top of this interview. He's such a lovely, soft-spoken fellow that he didn't correct you. Please apologize to him and correct yourself for the sake of everyone listening who doesn't already know this gifted playwright. Thanks!

Mar. 19 2014 12:51 PM
lance rutledge from bklyn

I saw this play in previews with a friend. We stayed through the second acted and regreted that we did't leave after the first. We found it to be terribly pretentious and a big bore. Full of cliche's and name dropping of famous philosophers and writers. The lead male actor very unappealing and annoying.
We were called by the box office the next day asking how we liked it and we told them we ran out the door after the second act. They returned our money. We weren't the only ones who left early for sure, which is probably why they called us. DON't waste your money!!!

Mar. 19 2014 12:50 PM

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