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Archive for Bootleg Theater

O REJANE at the Bootleg Theater


Photo by Alex Berry

Pauline Adamek  – ArtsBeatLA


Photo by Joseph Will

It takes a highly talented actor to emulate a real-life theater legend. Born 1856, Gabrielle Réjane (her stage name) was a remarkable French actress and innovative theater impresario who altered French culture, its fashion and socio-politics during the late 19th Century. Conceived and written by Ilana Turner, a new play about this striking French icon, O Réjane, is now playing at the Bootleg Theater. Read more…

Now running through December 6.

FREDERICK DOUGLAS NOW at the Bootleg Theater

la-et-cm-frederick-douglass-now-20140805-001David C. Nichols – LA Times

The space where historical perspective and current-day attitudes crosshatch benefits “Frederick Douglass Now” at Bootleg Theater. Writer-performer Roger Guenveur Smith has done incisive, socially trenchant work before, but this is something else again. Read more…

Now playing through August 24.

Death of a Salesgirl, Bootleg Theater

Photo by Justin Zsebe.


Death of a Salesgirl by Patricia Scanlon.


Dany Margolies –

First to strike the attentive audience member upon entering the theater here is John Zalewski’s sound design. It seems to consist of effervescent electronic dots and anchoring bass-note dashes. A haunting, initially disquieting, ultimately soothing presence, his sound will continue to envelop the production. Meanwhile, next of note to the observer is François-Pierre Couture’s set. Apparently a hotel room—though its ceiling is a gape rimmed by earth and dead leaves—it is confining, a little menacing, and very tidy if shabby.   Read more…