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SURREALIST DRAMA ON GOVERNORS ISLAND!

A gorgeous old house is the stage set for The Enchanted Realm of René Magritte, telling the stranger-than-fiction story of the painter of upside-down umbrellas and bowler-hatted apples.

One of the late summer’s most intriguing theatrical presentations, The Enchanted Realm of René Magritte, is happening right now, just a ferry-ride away on Governors Island. The Exquisite Corpse Company has taken over one of the island’s abandoned 19th-century buildings, originally designed to house naval officers, and is using it to stage Enchanted Realm, about the great Belgian surrealist, Magritte. The collectively-written play is directed by Tess Howsam and is site-specific, presented in the style of the Macbeth-based Sleep No More. Throughout the performance, the audience follows Magritte from room to decaying room, each one the scene of a different period of his life. Governors Island, itself almost surreal in its removal from the hustle of New York City, is a perfect setting for an extraordinary afternoon’s entertainment. Performances run every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. through September 25. Tickets are $15 and sell out quickly.

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