“Animal Farm” at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

George Orwell’s Animal Farm, a classic piece of Twentieth Century literature that is de rigueur in classrooms, is a biting satire of the politics of revolution. Taking the Russian Revolution as a model, Orwell shows how the idealism of original revolutionaries gets co-opted by the unsavory and the ambitious. In Theatricum Botanicum’s staging of Peter … Continue reading “Animal Farm” at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

“Holmes, Sherlock and The Consulting Detective” at the Santa Anita Train Depot

Unbound Productions, well known and well loved for its ever-popular Wicked Lit. adaptations of short stories that send shivers up the spine, explores new territory with their current production, Mystery Lit.–“Holmes, Sherlock and The Consulting Detective.” Breaking away from its formula of three short plays and three audience groups that move from place to place … Continue reading “Holmes, Sherlock and The Consulting Detective” at the Santa Anita Train Depot

“The Merchant of Venice” at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice mixes romantic comedy with tense, emotional cruelty, prompting laughter in an audience as well as dismay at the outrageous usage that a Jewish moneylender, Shylock (Alan Blumenfeld in a terrific performance), must endure. It is difficult to watch the abuse that he must endure at the hands of Christian … Continue reading “The Merchant of Venice” at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum