The Rehearsal strays further into Brechtian territory

The Rehearsal strays further into Brechtian territory

Can you ever be authentic if you’re crippled by your own self-awareness? While I ask myself this very question on any given day, I’m jotting it down today because it’s what I was left wondering when I finished the fourth episode of Nathan Fielder’s genre-defying series The Rehearsal. Ostensibly, the nonfiction show is pitched as following the Nathan For You creator/star as he helps “regular folks” rehearse pivotal moments in their life (difficult conversations with siblings or trivia pals, the challenges of parenthood, say). Only, with every subsequent episode, that provocative premise (who wouldn’t want coaching and a full-blown production crew helping you test out any and every kind of turn a complicated discussion with a loved one could take?) has turned into something much more ambitious. But also, something …
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