|Destroy, She Said||Mother Courage||The Shagaround|
|Blur||Party On Pico|
|Misfortune of Others||Alternates/FPC||Xmas Concert|
the United States Premiere of
DESTROY, SHE SAID
by Marguerite Duras
John Campion -Zoe Canner -Amanda Decker
Ryan Higgins- Cherinda Kincherlow- Walter Murray
translation by Jim Carmody-
scenic design by Efren Delgadillo, Jr
lighting design by Brian J Lillienthal
costumes by Sandra Burns
Opens Jan 9 2005
TERROR ALERT! CODE ORANGE!
The S.O.B. Theatre Co. has hijacked
Brecht's Mother Courage and is driving it into the quagmire that is modern day
Iraq! Brecht's classic play is about a war of profit, dressed up by political
leaders as a "moral crusade." Sound familiar? In our current climate of fear
and government deception, Mother Courage is now more relevant than ever. While
keeping true to the play's anti-war dogma, the S.O.B.s revel in the absurd humor
so abundant, and often overlooked, in Brecht's work.
The Sons of Beckett Theatre Company has been
receiving critical acclaim since
its inaugural production, Waiting for Godot (2002) was called "a zany
bittersweet presentation" and "superb" by LA Weekly. The S.O.B.'s irreverent,
vaudevillian music-hall adaptation of a classic, Oedipus the King, was praised
by the LA Times as "sublime...blindingly funny." Director Jeffrey Wienckowski's
most recent production, The Other Shore, was awarded the Critic's Pick by
BackStage West. Critic Les Spindle praised the "spellbinding sense of surrealism
in the actors' graceful movement," calling the production a "timelessly
Production: Mother Courage
Author: Bertolt Brecht
Producers: S.O.B. Theatre Company
Director: Jeffrey Wienckowski
Dates: January 7 through February 5, 2005
Fri. and Sat. @ 8pm, Sun. @ 2pm
Admission: $15 general, $10 students
Reservations: (323) 465-3136 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cast: Erin McBride Africa, Eric Carter, David DeLeon, Kristen Hansen, Marvin
Hernandez, Brian Johnson, Heidi Kushnatsian, Lee Anne Moore, Pete Pano, Ari
Radousky, and Colin Willkie
Maggie Nevills dramady about women scorned who incarcerate
a philanderer in a womans restroom sometimes strains its sit-com esque premise,
but director Jeff Murray and a winning cast unearth the subterranean pathos
in this devastating post mortem of failed relationships. F K Foley
LOS ANGELES TIMES CRITICS CHOICE/ Also Recommended (Full Review)
Although anchored in improbable melodrama the piece carries with it a female sensibility- and a humor- as real and raw as its setting" D Klugman LA WEEKLY
The Shagaround by Maggie Nevill
Pick of the
Imagine you're a guy who considers himself a real stud and on New Year's Eve your girlfriend blindfolds you and drags you into the women's restroom along with four of her hot sexy girlfriends, giggling and laughing all the way. What a setup! You just know that a fantasy is about to happen, and can't wait to see what develops.
This quirky, wonderfully clever and original story takes place in England, in the women's restroom of a low-brow bar, with five young women taking the concept of sisterhood to a dimension never imagined or expected.
Director Jeff Murray, who also produces and designed the set, keeps a taut pace with snappy dialog and highly charged action in spite of the confines of the story. Murray also takes some liberties with the cannons of theatre, specifically to never have an actor's back to the audience, and to never have an actor behind a wall for most of the play. Jeff Murray does both - and pulls it off brilliantly, especially with Ingo Neuhaus, playing Matt, the boyfriend, who is locked in a toilet stall by the women and spends most of the time trying to negotiate his way out.
Nuehaus is superb in developing his character, who remains behind the door until the end, but with his rantings, ravings and inflections, manages to etch a sharp portrait of someone who can be both sympathetic and callous.
Lovely G (Jennifer Skelly) has decided to turn over a new leaf, so she tricks boyfriend Matt into going the women's room, where she and her girlfriends lock him in the stall by using their panty-hose to tie the door. She's demanding he repay 80 quid he borrowed from her and what seems like a fun prank soon reveals that she has a second agenda; trying to get back at him for cheating on her. Between jokes, man-bashings, feminine putdowns and other chatter, personal feelings begin to emerge, and eventually deep dark secrets surface to expose the real lives and sensitivities of everyone, including Matt.
There's plenty of drinking among the women, lots of sex talk, physical action and those not conversant in Brit will learn the meaning of a few choice words, like "fag" for cigarette, "loo" for toilet, and "shag" for well, you'll figure it out when you see the play. The concepts of love through the ages, relationships and fidelity get a thorough saturation as the girlfriends ruminate about their feelings and ideas trying to convince each other about their diverse views.
After the fun of the first act, the second act almost becomes a morality play, where sins are confessed and their hideousness demands the ultimate punishment. In biblical times, it was common to slay a sacrificial lamb at the altar in hopes of atoning for the sins, and praying for forgiveness. Things haven't changed that much. In this play, the ultimate sin of betrayal of friendship demands atonement, and just as in ancient times, it is an innocent who is slain the loss of life being the catalyst that provides forgiveness and begins to pave the road for a renewal of commitment.
British playwright Maggie Nevill's story packs a strong punch, even if it seems overly feministic at times. The lament of the women against men may resonate with many, but Matt's protestations against women also have merit, even if they are expressed behind a toilet door.
The wonderful ensemble includes Jennifer Claire, playing Beth, the older sister who believes she is the more levelheaded of the group, who blames herself for the tragedy that occurs. Tricia Handzlik is excellent in the role Beth's sister Sal, the youngest of the group, who grieves the loss of a deep love and ponders if she can continue living without it. Lisa is the punky, rough one, with spiked hair, black lips and more common sense than all of them together, and Heather De Sisto is absolutely terrific in the role. Natalie Rose is Dilly, swearing that she will never have another relationship, but not always doing as she says. Nicolette Chaffey has multiple roles in strong support of the characters.
Walk in expecting to laugh and enjoy many comic lines, but be prepared to walk out with new food for thought about the real meaning of relationships.
Plays through April 16
6425 Hollywood Boulevard
4th Floor Reservations 323 460 7070
Showtimes are Thursday Friday and Sat at 8pm
Tickets are $15 Student senior and group discounts are available
Meadows Basement Present:
by Melanie Marnich
directed by Ira Steck
CRITIC'S PICK..."delightful performances all around, under savvy direction."
-Backstage West (FullReview)
RECOMMENDED..."tender performances and a tone that balances raucous comedy with muted sentimentality."-LA Weekly .....(Full Article)
"Director Ira Steck and his Meadows Basement cohorts chart this [play] with keen focus."-LA Times
"Brilliantly acted roles, combined with a stealth smart script...make
this play of consequence and importance."- Park La Brea/Beverly
RESERVATIONS & INFO ANYTIME:
323. 422 6361