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This Rhinoceros Shows its Age

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

Chaotic King Is A Crowd-Pleaser

By Patrick Hurley A woman in search of her father serves as a metaphor for a writer in search of her story. King of the Yees, a new play by Lauren Yee, playing now at the Kirk Douglas Theatre is part true story, part fantasy and part meta-theatrical experience.

Strong Performances Make Certain Impression for Uncertain Heisenberg

By Patrick Hurley The uncertainty of our relationships is placed into tight focus in Simon Stephens’ charming and evocative Heisenberg, playing now at the Mark Taper Forum.

Love Might Be Written in the Stars in Compelling Constellations

By Patrick Hurley

The contrast between the fractured theoretical and the temporal hinges upon the smallest of variables, and is reliant on the infinite number of possibilities that determine the course of one’s life.  How then can we justify the experiences we have as being the only possible actualities in a universe filled with alternatives? (more…)

The Pride Gets Stuck in The Past

By Patrick Hurley There are moments in Alexi Kaye Campbell’s play The Pride, playing now through July 9, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, where the intentions of the playwright seem to peek through the swathes of heavy-handedness, and the clutter of exposition, shedding a little light on the ever changing views … Continue reading

“Bitch” Author Seeks Better Representation

By Patrick Hurley Facing adversity and not backing down to the challenge, Sacha Elie has written, directed and is starring in her powerful one-woman show Who you Calling a Bitch?!?  At the Sacred Fools Theater in Hollywood.

Harmony Boys Bring Yuletide Silliness to Fringe

By Patrick Hurley Just in time for the Holidays, or…I guess the summer holiday? No, it must be that time of year again.  Yes, it’s the Hollywood Fringe Fest! Where else would you see the uproariously funny, politically incorrect Christmas special A Harmony Boys Christmas in the middle of June?

Game On For These Gamers

By Patrick Hurley   Video games, Lithuanian pastries, and raging optimism are just a few aspects that make up Gamers, a new play by Scott Barnhardt, playing now at the Studio/Stage as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Truths Speaks Volumes

 By Patrick Hurley Jeanne Sakata’s solo show Hold These Truths, playing now at the Pasadena Playhouse, recounts the remarkable journey of Gordon Hirabayashi (Ryun Yu) who was a young Japanese man at the start of World War II, and whose defiance and determination to oppose the United States Government’s orders to incarcerate Japanese-American citizens in … Continue reading

Basic But Beautiful Battlefield

By Patrick Hurley Legendary director Peter Brook returns to his legendary roots with Battlefield, playing now at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Based on his own adaptation of the Mahabharata, a piece he co-adapted three decades ago with Marie-Hélène Estienne, this seventy-minute piece is a triumph of minimalist theatre.

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