Wall Doesn’t Build to anything Revelatory

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, is on the agitprop trajectory, as well as the speculative fiction and naturalism spectrums, it’s a two-hander about the implications of Trump’s presidency as it relates to our immigration issues, which of course infers racist accusations and totalitarian admonitions, resulting, very much in an expository fantasy, or nightmare, complete with stark parallels to the holocaust, and a sense of preposterousness that feels a little obstreperous and didactic.   Continue reading “Wall Doesn’t Build to anything Revelatory”

Dragon is Golden @ Boston Court

By Patrick Hurley


A beautiful, seemingly pastiche allegory about immigrant struggles with assimilation and globalization slowly turns into a series of connected stories that plays out like a fractured fable in The Golden Dragon, by German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig, making its southern California premiere at The Theatre @ Boston Court. Continue reading “Dragon is Golden @ Boston Court”

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