I don't want to say too much about the plot because it's fascinating and suspenseful to watch it all unfold, but the event that caused these two friends to separate involves a woman (naturally). Henrik and Konrad grew up together, and loved each other as brothers, but it seems there was always a bit of tension in their friendship. Henrik was born to a wealthy family, while Konrad's parents struggled to give him any advantage they could. Henrik married Krisztina, but Konrad loved her too, and perhaps she loved him (in many ways it's very similar to the Rick/Shane/Lori story on Walking Dead, yes I just compared a 20th century Hungarian novel to a TV show about zombies). All of these complicated feelings boiled over on one day 41 years ago. Konrad left town without a word to anyone, and Henrik and Krisztina's relationship was irreparably damaged. Henrik invites Konrad to dinner at his castle in an attempt to settle things once and for all.
|James A. Stephens as Henrik|
Embers is the smallest and quietest of the three Christopher Hampton plays - Appomattox and Tales of Hollywood have large casts, fancy sets and costumes, and plots that cover long time spans. This is basically a story about the relationship between two people, with the events of the play taking place on one long evening. It's a nice complement to the other two, playing now through October 27.
*I received two complementary tickets to Embers as part of the Guthrie's Blogger Night.