The Strange Undoing Of Prudencia Hart

The Strange Undoing Of Prudencia Hart

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"The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart" is a literally a ballad come-to-life.  As performed by the National Theater of Scotland, the story of Prudencia's undoing is played out by five multi-talented actors.  On mid-winter's eve in a pub in a village on the outskirts of nowhere, an uptight academic has queer dreams and doings. 

I saw a benefit performance at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.  Tucked into the cafe and staged as a pub setting, the play takes place on and among tables.  Whiskey and wine were served. Upon sitting we were tasked with tearing up napkins to create snow that was soon featured in the show. 

Between song and clever verse the show moves it way through a ballad of the academic's eventual meet up with the devil.  

There is much audience interaction and the crowd seem delighted to play along -- the Scotch whiskey helps. 

The show is now touring throughout the US.  The schedule is here

About Lori Theisen

Lori Theisen is a co-founder and managing editor of The Literary Cafe. A journalism major before she got swept up into the world of corporate marketing, she always wanted to indulge her passion of books, culture and food.