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Review 1 Notes from Underground From a novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky Adapted by Andrew Litzky Bill Peters Zo Inman Llysa Holland and Rachel Katz Carey Cinema Adelaide University Fringe Hub 25th February 2004 Presented by Theatre Simple Directed by Bill Peters Having too much consciousness is a disease the Underground Man declares leaving the audience to contemplate what this means is the mind of the Underground Man diseased Is his speech the insane ramblings of a paranoid schizophrenic or the commentary of an eccentric and often insecure social analyst The audience encounters evidence in Notes from Underground to confirm both arguments and ultimately the choice is left to the individual and their perception of the character Notes from Underground is an angst-filled solo performance piece adapted from Fyodor Dostoevskys classic 19th century novel of the same name Andrew Litzky portrays the misanthropic self-loathing Underground Man who craves yet at the same time fears intimacy and attention The Underground Man is a confusing character because of his numerous contradictory convictions and emotions he will talk of how he loathes himself I am a sick man Im an evil man and how he is nothing a mouse yet paradoxically he feels that everyone is beneath him Litzky depicts the complex Underground Man with the appropriate amount of anger and spite that causes him not only to retreat from the outside world and its inhabitants but also to indirectly blame his retreat on society He rants about the exaggerated and imagined slights that people have made against him how he hates societys conventions because they inspire rank and why if civilised men are seemingly so gentle blood runs in rivers Litzkys performance is central to the plays success he gives the Underground Man a brain a heart and a soul when it would be so easy just to condemn and portray him as a lunatic He makes the intensely conscious mouse the Underground
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