Praise from The Village Voice for ISAAC'S EYE | Isaac's Eye Spies a Lonely Genius

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"When you imagine the exploits of the young Isaac Newton, cartoon graphics of falling apples and a fortuitous knock on the noggin might come to mind. But Lucas Hnath’s eloquent Isaac’s Eye—now playing at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, in a sensitive production by Linsay Firman—strips away the Newtonian clichés to present a plainspoken fable about the loneliness of genius and the transforming power of the scientific gaze.

Newton once invented an atmospheric medium called ether (long disproved) to help explain the movement of bodies in space. Hnath employs theatrical fiction in a similar manner, conjuring made-up events to illuminate some enigmatic Newtonian biographical details. (Throughout the play, the actors keep a running tally on a blackboard upstage of what’s real and what’s invented).

Taking off from from the odd and unexplained fact that Newton once stuck a needle into his own tear duct, presumably pursuing some scientific lead or other, Hnath imagines a scenario in which Newton, on the cusp of a brilliant career, must decide between romance and science." - The Village Voice

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