Monday, Jan 16, 2023 at 3:00 pm
Location: Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Nathan Fielder. 2022, 194 mins. plus 15-minute intermission. DCP. Even the most devoted fans of Nathan Fielder’s “reality” comedy series Nathan for You—an unsettlingly hilarious capitalist critique in the guise of 21st-century cringe comedy—could not have prepared themselves for his unclassifiable follow-up, the HBO series The Rehearsal. Across six shifting, amorphous episodes of brilliant, escalating hilarity and discomfort, Fielder destabilizes viewers with a project that defies easy description: challenging the adage that there are no rehearsals in life, he enlists people who want to prepare for major upcoming events or confrontations. To “help” them—if that’s what he’s really doing—Fielder constructs a series of elaborate “fake” worlds full of trap doors: rehearsals within rehearsals, deep dives into methods of acting and mechanisms for coping, and, as it becomes clear, a thorough working out of the grand creator’s own neuroses and narcissisms. Gut-bustingly funny even as it grows increasingly surreal and provocative, The Rehearsal questions the dubious concept of reality itself.
Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.