PUNTILA/MATTI

DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE

 

DIRECTED BY TOBIAS MANDERSON-GALVIN
KINGS CROSS THEATRE 2017

PHOTO CREDIT

PHIL ERBACHER

REVIEWS

“Antoinette Barboutis is on the periphery, playing disoriented narrator with remarkable comedy, consistently, and delightfully, stealing the show from under the key performers.”

SUZYGOESSEE

“To the side of the stage is set designer Antoinette Barbouttis, who also performs as a kind of stage manager/narrator attempting to hold the self-destructing play together. She frequently threatens to steal the show with a quiet but side-splittingly funny performance of total incompetence.”

BEN NEUTZE, DAILY REVIEW

“A stage manager, Antoinette (Barboutis; also the show’s designer), tries to narrate and keep the show moving, but fails miserably. She seems perpetually lost – at one point on opening night she wanders out to the audience looking for a tissue – and her comic timing is so precise that it’s hard to believe this is her acting debut. It’s almost impossible to look away from her largely silent, mostly offstage bits.”

CASSIE TONGUE

“Antoinette Barbouttis is simply adorable as the hapless nobody who is tasked with reading out the scene changes and the stage directions from the script and who is so nervous and out of it that she manages to constantly stuff it up. It is actually with this nobody that I felt the most emotional connection within the entire play; her inaudible mumbles and her completely un-theatrical performance create a lot of empathy along the way and I often found myself sneaking a look to the back to see what she was fumbling with next during the action.”

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