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CLOUD 9 at the Antaeus Theatre Company

Photo by Geoffrey Wade Photography

Photo by Geoffrey Wade Photography

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

The Antaeus Theatre Company once again demonstrates its immense value to the Los Angeles theatre community, this time with a superb revival of Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9. It’s an ambitious and tricky work, but under Casey Stangl’s thoughtful direction, an inspired ensemble does the play proud. As usual, Antaeus “partner-casts” its productions; this review is of “The Blighters” cast.Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Noted playwright Caryl Churchill developed Cloud 9 in collaboration with a company of actors, who drew on their personal experience in helping create the work. A biting satirical farce that premiered in 1979, with cross-gender casting, it deals with conflicts engendered when people’s natural sexual predilections are out of line with society’s rigid expectations. Read more…

Now running through April 24

THE CURSE OF OEDIPUS at the Antaeus Company

oedMyron Meisel – The Hollywood Reporter

If you feel that the Oedipus myth starts with the riddle and ends with the cathartic revelation, that’s just the beginning: here Oedipus (Ramon de Ocampo) blinds himself with Jocasta’s (Rhonda Aldrich) earrings barely an hour into a nearly three-hour evening. Read more…

Terry Morgan  -  Stage Raw

One of the great things about the Antaeus Company is that its deep talent pool and expertise in classical theater allow the group to tackle ambitious projects. The new production of Kenneth Cavander’s The Curse of Oedipus is one such project, a play that uses Sophocles’ famed trilogy and other historical sources to reform the story anew. Casey Stangl’s vibrant staging of the 22-person ensemble results in a brilliant, must-see show.

Neal Weaver  – Arts In LA

The dark and bloody legend of King Oedipus inspired the ancient Greek dramatists to create many plays recounting his fate. In Sophocles’s tragedy Oedipus the King, we learn how he fled his home city, Corinth, to escape a terrible prophecy that he would kill his father and marry his mother. But instead of evading his fate, he runs headlong into it, unwittingly fulfilling the prophecy. Read more…

the_curse_of_oedipus_a_pNow running through  August 10.

THE LIAR at Antaeus Theater Company

Bob Verini – ArtsInLA

This production is a buoyant treat from first to last. Full disclosure, this is coming from someone with a lifelong antipathy to mistaken-identity plots—you know, the ones in which one opportune word from a character would set everything right immediately, but that word is arbitrarily withheld until the 11th hour. That’s exactly how David Ives’s rhymed couplet version of a 1644 Corneille play operates, and yet such is the magic of this production that it never feels labored .Read more…

Terry Morgan  -  LAist

The Antaeus Company has delivered a sparkling production of Pierre Corneille’s 17th-century play The Liar. It’s a brilliant modern adaptation by David Ives and is one of the wittiest things I’ve seen in years. The downside of being a theatre company that specializes in the classics, such as the Antaeus Company, is that, rightly or wrongly, it accrues a sense of gravitas that might not, to a random prospective theatergoer, imply fun. It’s admirable that even though Antaeus has long been one of the most lauded and entertaining theatre companies in town, they are still trying to be even more accessible to the general audience. Read more…

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Photo by Geoffrey Wade

Now running through December 1.