The individual in isolation is a dangerous creature. The perusal of this animal sparked Nikolai Gogol’s short story in 1835 and now provides the raw material for Ilia Volok’s exploratory one-man show. After a critically acclaimed run in Los Angeles, “Diary of a Madman” is now playing at The American Theatre of Actors.
The journey of the show reveals the sanity within insanity and the power and fragility of the mind in solitude. Volok plays the delicate and rustic Poprishchin, a low-ranking clerical official who possesses a whimsical and eccentric mind. Feeding his own delusions, Poprishchin constructs a psychological palace for his thoughts