ETHER: The Strange Afterlife of Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
IRT Theatre

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ETHER by Susan I. Weinstein is a play within a play, a story told with the aid of projections, puppetry, and stage magic. Doyle and Houdini’s afterlife is a continuation of a passionate personal war about the nature of life and death. Yet their worlds are contained within the afterlife–our present in abstracted media.

 

Their wives, Bess and Lady Doyle, are aware of this, yet tethered to their husband’s worlds. They join forces to resolve the bitter conflict so all can  move on.

 

The journey starts with the origins of  Houdini’s persona, his escapes and Doyle’s vocation and revelations. Together they investigate mediums, famous and infamous; Mr. Powell, Margery, Eva C and even Lady Doyle. Each instance they emerge with dramatically opposite narratives.

 

As evidence mounts up. Subjective and objective truths erupt in a transcendent conclusion.