“Hedda Gabler” — A Masterful Performance at Antaeus Theatre Company

Jaimi Paige Photo by Karianne Flaathen Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, bold and controversial when it premiered in 1890, retains its power in the Twenty-First Century. Australian playwright Andrew Upton blows the cobwebs off old translations and jumps the action from the 1890s into the early 1920s. While faithful to Ibsen’s text, the playwright underscores the … Continue reading “Hedda Gabler” — A Masterful Performance at Antaeus Theatre Company

“The Golden Dragon” at The Theatre @ Boston Court

In a season of outstanding, innovative drama, Boston Court’s production of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s The Golden Dragon (translated by David Tushingham) stands out with boldness of concept and excellence of production. The playwright creates a universal piece that calls for actors to slip seamlessly across lines of race, gender, age and ethnicity. Women play men, men … Continue reading “The Golden Dragon” at The Theatre @ Boston Court

“A Gulag Mouse” at Sacred Fools Theater Company

After the Second World War, five women in a grim, Soviet gulag sentenced to years of toil and hunger, struggle to survive the bleak winters, while suffering the humiliating attention of the guards. Arthur M. Jolly’s A Gulag Mouse, now in production at Sacred Fools Theater Company, is no voyeuristic, sexist, women-in-chains titillation. No, rather, … Continue reading “A Gulag Mouse” at Sacred Fools Theater Company

“A Walk in the Woods” at International City Theatre

By 1985, the United States and Russia had stockpiled of over 60,000 nuclear weapons. The United Kingdom, France, China, Israel, India and South Africa had nearly a thousand more. Pakistan and North Korea joined the nuclear club soon after. A generation of Americans grew up under the threat of annihilation, taught to cower, to “duck … Continue reading “A Walk in the Woods” at International City Theatre

Four Clowns’ “Lunatics & Actors” at The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles

Dr. Guillaume-Amant Duchenne de Boulogne, hereafter referred to as Dr. Duchenne, a 19th Century neurologist and widely considered the founder of the discipline, was the first to use electric shock (he called it “électropuncture”) as a therapy to stimulate muscles. He was a serious scientist and is credited with the discovery of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. … Continue reading Four Clowns’ “Lunatics & Actors” at The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles