“Species Native to California” at Atwater Village Theatre

Dorothy Fortenberry’s new play, Species Native to California, produced by IAMA Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, is as current as yesterday, or more to the point, last fall, when politics ruled the collective consciousness. She forges new meanings out of some old tropes. Loosely inspired by Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, the play also dips … Continue reading “Species Native to California” at Atwater Village Theatre

“The Monster Builder” at South Coast Repertory

The title of Amy Freed’s The Monster Builder conjures up some classical allusions, certainly to Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder with its ego driven Solness, an architect who builds high and falls low, as well as, perhaps, to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, with another driven genius whose creation goes awry. The Monster Builder, however, is a … Continue reading “The Monster Builder” at South Coast Repertory

“The Awful Grace of God” at The Other Space @ The Actors Company

Michael Harney’s The Awful Grace of God, presented by Go the Distance Productions, is an evening of six one-act plays that deal with three forms of death in the first half, and then lightens up in the second with family violence, unrequited love, and existential despair. There is some serious, well-acted drama going on here, … Continue reading “The Awful Grace of God” at The Other Space @ The Actors Company