By Patrick Hurley Agitprop, in its contemporary state, is a highly politicized work of art, a work that is meant to provoke and incite an audience to action of some kind—Brecht is perhaps the most notable agitprop artist of the last hundred years. Robert Schenkkan’s new play Building The Wall, playing now at the Fountain Theatre, … Continue reading
By Patrick Hurley Doubling as a sort of cracked out version of Cirque Du Soleil, Absinthe, playing now on the event deck at L.A. Live, is equal parts acrobatic and acerbic.
By Patrick Hurley An exploration of self, as told through the eyes of an unexpected narrator, Orange, playing now at South Coast Repertory, is a theatrically infused mix of bildungsroman and Young Adult fiction. Following a sort of hero’s journey, with a less than traditional hero, it sticks to an identifiable catharsis down a theatrically familiar road … Continue reading
By Patrick Hurley Deaf West Theatre is presenting Edward Albee’s at Home at the Zoo at the Wallis Annenberg, now through March 26, and the amalgamation of Deaf West’s duality in casting combined with Albee’s masterful focus on language creates a disparity with more returns than diminishes. The play, which consists of two of Albee’s … Continue reading
By Patrick Hurley Dancing on the line between nostalgia and tragedy, Fun Home, playing now at the Ahmanson Theatre, is a testament to the raw power of storytelling. It is a sturdily illustrated expression of the intrinsically universal language of theatrical narrative, executed through a blend of lofty production design and redolent lyricism that will … Continue reading
By Patrick Hurley The Pasadena Playhouse will be hosting Four By Tenn, staged readings of Tennessee Williams plays in conjunction with the Playhouse’s development production of God Looked Away, a play about Williams at the end of his career and starring Al Pacino and Judith Light.
By Patrick Hurley Circle X presents the world premiere of Liana and Ben, playing now at Atwater Village Theater. Calling itself a modern take on Goethe’s masterpiece Faust, this play only skims the surface of the complexities of man’s finite potential, and indeed gets completely lost in the scrambling of mythology and modernity, resulting in … Continue reading
By Patrick Hurley
In 1978, Luis Valdez wrote a play about the Chicano experience in 1940s Los Angeles. In 2017, the material is strikingly, and somewhat discouragingly relevant as ever. originally commissioned and developed by Center Theatre Group, Zoot Suit, playing now through April 2, at the Mark Taper Forum, originally went on to become Broadway’s first Chicano play. (more…)
By Patrick Hurley Looking for captivating nuance? Hungry for intellectual stimulation? You will giddily find neither of these things in Celebration Theatre’s production of Die, Mommie, Die! Playing now through March 26.
By Patrick Hurley In today’s fast paced theatrical world, where ninety-minute plays are all the rage, there is something immensely pleasurable in the investment of the three-and-a-half hour slow burn that is Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Eugene O’Neill’s loquacious masterpiece, playing now at the Geffen Playhouse.