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Theatre: Performance

The National Theater of the United States of America: The Golden Veil


May 31, 2012 – June 16, 2012

Daily (8pm)



The Kitchen (Venue Partner)

512 W 19th St




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Original in every sense of the word, the new show from the award-winning National Theater of the United States of America (NTUSA) proves their collective artistic chops. The Golden Veil, a twisted, tongue-in-cheek update on the Victorian morality tale, is an intoxicating mix of high camp, vaudvillian flourishes, smart theatre, and even fruit bowl puppetry. Anchored by toe-tapping music performed live by a four-piece band, it revisits the story of the shepherdess who was led astray via a smattering of perspectives, from her own autobiographical confessional to the town gossip to the interior motivations of the seducer himself.

Alyssa Alpine, Flavorpill

The Kitchen says…

The NTUSA’s The Golden Veil is a gothic parlor spectacle that tells, in multiple iterations, the familiar tale of a poor shepherdess seduced and abandoned by a would-be inventor. Part pastoral ballet and part backwoods jamboree, part Punch-and-Judy show and part forlorn testimony, part bleak exposé of the lives of the rural poor and part celebration of their lovely handicrafts, The Golden Veil conjures the intimacy of a séance and the abandon of a hootenanny. In the NTUSA’s inimitable style, The Golden Veil explores the ways that we use narrative to render the painful picturesque as it prods at the perverse underbelly of our nostalgia for “simpler times.”