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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

In Context: The Object Lesson

The Object Lesson runs at BAM from October 5—8. Context is everything, so get even closer to the show with this curated selection of articles, interviews, and videos related to the production. Once you've seen it, help us keep the conversation going by telling us what you thought below.

Program Notes


The Object Lesson—an interview with director David Neumann (BAM blog)
Where making art is concerned, David Neumann believes that "the free flow of ideas should always be encouraged..."

The Object Lesson takes top prize at Edinburgh Festival Fringe (The New York Times)
Scottish accolades did Geoff Sobelle's witty show win.

A Conversation Between Geoff Sobelle and Lars Jan (BOMB Magazine)
Sobelle chats with the creator of the Next Wave Festival show ABACUS. 

Seriously Absurd: Vaudeville Acts with Egghead Appeal (
From his productions with Philly’s Pig Iron Theatre Company to the occasional Shakespaere, Sobelle is busy.

David Neumann: A Man For All Disciplines (
Theater and dance come together in the Object Lesson director's solo work.

Watch & Listen

Katja Loher created this playful meditation on time, permanence, and possession with Geoff Sobelle in response to the latter's The Object Lesson. 

George Carlin’s “Stuff” Routine (YouTube)
Carlin’s famous bit was an influence on Geoff Sobelle’s The Object Lesson.

Edward Gorey’s The Object Lesson (YouTube)
Gorey’s short story—here animated—was the first thing Geoff Sobelle memorized as a kid.

Geoff Sobelle as “Dennis Diamond” (YouTube)
Sobelle's alter ego is a magic-maker.

“Little World” (YouTube)
More stuff in this short film by Sobelle.

“All Wear Bowlers” (YouTube)
Two become three in this work featuring Sobelle.

Now your turn...

So how did you enjoy the show? Likes? Dislikes? Surprises? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below.


  1. Sorry to say, this was mostly boring. An indulgent treatment of a potentially rich topic. I wanted to like it but couldn't.

  2. I was delighted by this show. At first it seemed that it might be a weird sort of improv, but it was revealed to be tightly choreographed, thoughtful acting augmented by amazing physical comedy. Sobelle is a compelling and talented performer—and a terrific illusionist. Loved every minute and left feeling buoyant.