This 9-hour production (yep, you read right, NINE hours) is expansive, complex, messy, meandering, and often times jaw-droppingly beautiful. French Canadian director Robert Lepage has created a tour-de-force meditation on human voice, speech, and language that is surprisingly accessible, given the length of the piece and the abstractness of its subject matter. Some of the nine interlocking one-act plays work better than others (the opening segment is just gorgeous), but the overall impact is monumental. I will not soon forget this experience.
Rating: ****1/2 (out of *****)