What is it about Vincent Van Gogh that makes the tragedy of his life so riveting? We almost get the answer in this beautiful play, with an actor (Alex Walters) who personifies the bewilderment, passion and sweetness of a madman who knows he’s mad but cannot help but embrace it. Behind him on the wall are his paintings, in glorious color, and we applaud his work even if it cost him his sanity. Mad artist or troubled child? To live with such intensity demands the loss of one’s soul and here we view the battle and understand what it means to be a great artist. As a play, it’s a series of vignettes, with people who love him trying to understand and forgive him. Forget what you’ve heard, see this portrait and be moved.
What I didn't like
Hard to hear and comprehend the off stage readings from Vincent’s, Theo’s, and others letters. Too soft and the accents muffled the words.
My overall impression
You’ll be drawn in to Vincent’s story, even if you have your own idea of what drove him.