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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at the Theatricum Botanicum

Photo by Miriam Geer

Photo by Miriam Geer

Pauline Adamek  – Stage Raw

Ellen Geer directs a large ensemble of actors and, together with the design team and crew, the Theatricum Botanicum company delivers an endearing stage version of one of the most beloved novels in American literature.  Read more…

Now running through Sept. 27.

The Taming of the Shrew at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

Taming Shrew

Photo by Ian Flanders

David C. Nichols – LA Times

With summer here, the whirligig of time brings in “The Taming of the Shrew” at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, and it proves a blissfully madcap occasion. This rip-roaring take on William Shakespeare’s ever-popular romantic comedy opens the 40th anniversary season at this incomparable outdoor venue with marvelous forward momentum.
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Mayank Keshaviak  – LA Weekly

The slapstick, or batacchio, which originated in the commedia dell’arte of 16th-century Italy, is a wooden device used to create a loud, smacking sound. So it seems fitting that in staging Shakespeare’s contemporaneous tale of a headstrong woman who finally meets her match, director Ellen Geer plays its physical comedy to the hilt, incorporating slide whistles, drums and other noisemaking devices to punctuate the onstage pratfalls, fisticuffs and acrobatics.

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Nice turnout for Nominees Reception, March 4th, 2013

Jitney director Ron OJ Parson and members of his cast: Charlie Robinson, Larry Bates, and James Watson. Photo by Dany Margolies.

It was a convivial group of actors, directors and theater artists of all kinds who mingled with the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC) members last night at the lovely theater space of Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC) in Downtown LA.  Gathering were the nominees for this year’s LADCC awards ceremony.

The LATC is generously providing their venue for the awards night, to be held in two week’s time, on Monday, March 18, 2013.

Awards show host, French Stewart, was on hand, regaling party-goers with jokes and witty conversation.

A delectable buffet was supplied by Gwen Kenneally and her partner Rafet, from “Back to the Kitchen” Catering company,  that was 50% vegan fare and 100% delicious!

Enjoy the following photo essay of select attendees.

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Photos by LADCC member and critic, Dany Margolies.

 

Rafael Goldstein, nominated for his lead performance in ‘Hamlet’ at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater, and costume designer Angela Balogh Calin, costumer of ‘Cymbeline.’ Photo by Dany Margolies.

 

 

 

Actor Casey Kramer and set designers David Mauer and Hazel Kuang of Rogue Machine Theater Co. Photo by Dany Margolies.

 

 

 

Michael Arabian, director of ‘Waiting for Godot’; Lisa Pelikan, nominee in the ensemble category for ‘The New Electric Ballroom’; and Alan Mandell, ‘Waiting for Godot’ lead actor. Photo by Dany Margolies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LADCC & LA Weekly Critics Pauline Adamek and Mayank Keshaviah. Photo by Dany Margolies.

 

 

 

Actor Melora Marshall and director Ellen Geer, siblings and representatives of the revival nominee play ‘Heartbreak House.’ Photo by Dany Margolies.

 

 

 

Publicist ‘extraordinaire’ Lynn Tejada and playwright Daniel Talbott, of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Photo by Dany Margolies.