Sarasota's Urbanite Theatre is winding up a spectacularly successful first season with "Isaac's Eye," a 2013 comedy by Lucas Hnath.
Hnath (it's pronounced like Nayth), who grew up in Orlando, is causing a bit of sensation in New York among people who appreciate quirky, edgy theater. He has a penchant for writing plays that take skewed looks at real-life figures and historical events. Among his titles: "A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney," "Hillary and Clinton" and "The Courtship of Anna Nicole Smith."
"Isaac's Eye" gets it impetus from Isaac Newton, his feud with contemporary scientist Robert Hooke and one of Newton's oddest experiments, which involved sticking a needle into his own tear duct.
The play offers lots of actual science and history, but it's not a treatise. The language and the comedy are modern, so it's a mix of modern and historical choices.
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The Urbanite cast includes Ben Williamson, Kimberly Stephenson, Robby May and Tony Stopperan. Vincent Carlson-Brown directs.
"Isaac's Eye" already appears to be a hit. Most of the shows in the first two weeks of the run are already sold out. Availability is better from Aug. 26 through Sept. 6.
Details: Aug. 14-Sept. 6, Urbanite Theatre, 1487 Second St., Sarasota. Show times: 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $20; students with ID $5. Information: 941-321-1397, urbanitetheatre.com.
-- Marty Clear