By Patrick Hurley The Theater. The invention of this spectacle-fueled construct that revels in artificiality serves as the setting, motif and thematic launching pad for Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-Prize Winning masterpiece Our Town, playing now at the Pasadena Playhouse. Advertisements
By Patrick Hurley In the ever-expanding canon of representational literature, where under-represented voices are, at long last, being heard, the theater scene is bristling with more and more stories about minorities from an internalized perspective. Fixed, the new play by Boni B. Alvarez, is another of these plays.
By Patrick Hurley The new musical The View UpStairs, is making its West Coast premiere at Celebration Theatre. The musical which features book, music and lyrics by Max Vernon is a sort of nostalgic, slightly politicized and gaycentric piece that raises comparisons of violence toward the modern LGBTQ community and the early 1970s, where community … Continue reading
By Patrick Hurley Faith, that ubiquitous and imperfect belief, wherein trust and confidence take the place of facts or proof, is placed into extreme focus in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s new play Head of Passes, playing now at the Mark Taper Forum.
By Patrick Hurley Sophomoric pedantry rises to dizzying new heights in Paul Rudnick’s slog-fest Big Night, which opened last night at The Kirk Douglas Theatre. It is an unfledged, didactic glob of far-left liberal moralizing—fortified with overwrought, yet undeveloped dialogue, spewed by posturing archetypes, so staggeringly far-fetched it’s almost impressive, and then the whole thing … Continue reading
By Patrick Hurley A funny thing happens when derivative contrivance fuels a play’s engine; namely, compulsory catharsis drawn from formulaic content, wherein a distrait attempt to entwine pathos with dark humor simply can’t rise above its own prosaicisms because of the Rom-Com insistence of containing the whole thing as a neatly packaged, sugary-sweet trifle.
By Patrick Hurley Iphigenia in Aulis, presented by the Getty Museum and Court Theatre, is playing now at the Getty Villa. The play is the last extant tragedy by Ancient Greek playwright Euripides, and was part of a tetralogy that also included Bacchae.
By Patrick Hurley Theatricality and complex narrative have rarely aligned as staggeringly brilliant as they do in the highly sensorial production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on the novel by Mark Haddon. playing now at the Ahmanson Theatre.
By Patrick Hurley Rhinoceros, the classic absurdist play by Eugene Ionesco, playing now at the Pacific Resident Theatre, is a milestone in post war avant-garde theater, wherein we watch a group of inhabitants in a small provincial French town all slowly turn into Rhinoceros’s. Save one, the protagonist of the play, Bèrenger (Keith Stevenson), fights … Continue reading