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A slender plot thread strung through a troubled love triangle is all playwright Gina Gionfriddo needs to create a rich comedy of ideas. Pictured: Amy Brenneman
John Guare's blending of The Front Page and His Girl Friday makes news in its West Coast premiere, but fails to stop the presses. Pictured: Matt McGrath, Douglas Sills
KPCC Morning Host Steve Julian ponders
the imponderable in new World Premiere
What Kind of God? warns us of the deadly consequences of giving power to the wrong people. When we do, we open ourselves to the risk of abuse and the threat of being silenced. The play explores the chasm between belief and trust in the Catholic Church. A gifted boy pleads for love. His only family member cries out for safe passage. One priest turns a deaf ear while another wages war against his own demon. How can any victim fight the world's largest religion and come out whole? How many shepherds does it take to keep one lamb safe?
What Kind of God? is the first in a trilogy of plays presented under the new social awareness campaign Silence No More. [More info]
The premiere is being staged at the Elephant Stages' Lillian Theatre, one of the largest and most sought-after theatre venues in Los Angeles. The theater is located at 6322 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 3 pm. through October 20.
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David Greig’s adaptation of August Strindberg’s Creditors has LA premiere.
A sexy, savage, darkly comic (and very modern) take on the battle of the sexes, David Greig’s new version of August Strindberg's psychological thriller will now make its Los Angeles Premiere in a co-production between the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and The New American Theatre. In this toxic triangle, Adolph (Burt Grinstead) anxiously awaits the return of his wife, Tekla (Heather Prete), to their seaside resort while being comforted by his worldly advisor, Gustav (Jack Stehlin). But comfort soon turns to destruction as old wounds are opened, insecurities are laid bare and former debts are settled in this fierce and funny tale of obsession, honor and revenge.
David Trainer directs. Trainer directed Stehlin in More Lies About Jerzy by Davey Holmes for New American Theatre, and the Broadway and Ahmanson stagings of Foxfire
August Strindberg (1849-1912) was a Swedish dramatist, novelist, poet and essayist who is considered to be the father of modern Swedish literature. He often drew on his personal experiences with
numerous works that include The Father (1887), Miss Julie (1888), Creditors (1889), The Stronger (1890), Easter (1900), The Dance of Death (1900), A Dream Play (1902) and The Ghost Sonata (1907).
Plays by Alfaro, Tran, and Guenveur Smith
run in repertory through October 6
Performances begin today, September 14, for the DouglasPlus repertory of three of Los Angeles’ hottest solo theater artists: Luis Alfaro, Trieu Tran and Roger Guenveur Smith, at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. The DouglasPlus trio of solo performances is part of the Radar L.A., An International Festival of Contemporary Theater, presented by REDCAT and CalArts in association with Center Theatre Group.
Alfaro’s St. Jude has previews scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15 at 8 pm, and opens on Thursday, September 19 at 8 pm; Tran’s Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam previews Tuesday, September 17 at 8 pm and Saturday, September 21 at 8:30 pm, opening on Sunday, September 22 at 8 pm. Smith’s Rodney King previews Wednesday, September 18 at 8 pm and Saturday, September 21 at 7 pm, opening on Sunday, September 22 at 6:30 pm.