Created by Morris Panych and Wendy Gorling
Adapted from "The Overcoat" by Nikolai Gogol
Music by Dmitri Shostakovich
August 25—September 25
Dazzling and brawling, funny and sexy and sad, the international hit The Overcoat is a seamless integration of theater, music, and design. Based on Gogol's wildly imaginative fiction and set to the marvelously textured music of Shostakovich, The Overcoat also uses aesthetic inspiration from such revolutionary artists as Charlie Chaplin and Fritz Lang—and a cast of 22 actors on a set two stories high—to create an entirely fresh experience of music theater. In The Overcoat, a simple man's life takes on a brilliant glow when he gets a fashionable new coat, but his desire to be accepted begins an unstoppable spiral of lust, envy, and exquisite madness.
Arriving at A.C.T. after sold-out European and Canadian tours, The Overcoat has been praised by Time magazine as "a piece of bravura theater-making," while Canada's Globe and Mail raves, "It is, in a word, spectacular.