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Archive for Stephen Adly Guirgis

BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY at the Fountain Theatre

Jenny Graham

Jenny Graham

Jonas Schwartz – Broadway World

BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY, which makes its Los Angeles debut at The Fountain Theatre, is a hard-hitting drama about wanderers, those unattached, ungrounded people who lack the support to make smart choices, but still deserve grace and hope. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2015, the play features all that one expects from playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis:
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Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Stephen Adly Guirgis draws his characters — addicts, ex-cons and others who might generously be characterized as imperfect citizens — from the edges of polite society. Vivid communicators, often given to erratic behavior, they are inclined to be voluble and to express opinions colored with unconventional logic. Yet in their openness these folks are frequently guileless and sympathetic— traits which make the plays they inhabit engaging, entertaining and sometimes compelling.
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Erin Conley – On Stage & Screen
What happens when your life has been gutted to the point where practically all that remains are your grudges? Between Riverside and Crazy, a play by Stephen Adly Guirgis currently in its Los Angeles premiere at the Fountain Theatre, is a dark comedy that explores serious issues of racism among police officers and the consequences of police shootings. But it is also a thoughtful exploration of family, forgiveness, and deciding what is important when life has not gone the way you imagined.
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Now running through December 15

OUR LADY OF 121ST STREET at the Loft Ensemble

Emma Latimer

Emma Latimer

Lovell Estell III — Stage Raw

Stephen Adly Guirgis has a knack for scripting characters that “stick” with you, and a keen ear for dialogue that is, by turns, wrenching and humorous. In this dramedy, Guigis creates a gallery of raucous misfits who are brought together by the death of a beloved (and feared) mentor, teacher and friend.
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Now running through September 15

THE MOTHER-F**KER WITH THE HAT at the Gloria Gifford Conservancy

Mathew Caine

Mathew Caine

Lovell Estell III — Stage Raw

Plays about broken people dealing with issues of addiction, violence, and toxic sexuality are legion, but they don’t always translate into provocative and humorous theater. Both qualities are found in this dour comedy by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright .
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Now running through August 26

OUR LADY OF 121ST STREET at the Victory Theatre

Photo: Courtesy Victory Theatre Center

Photo: Courtesy Victory Theatre Center

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Newly awarded Pulitzer Prize winner is noted for his colorful offbeat characters and the florid street vernacular they use to express themselves.

In his Our Lady of 121st Street, a group of 30- somethings reunite at a funeral home to pay their respects to a neighborhood legend: a nun named Sister Rosa who nurtured, taught and terrorized them when they were kids. Read more…

Now running through June 7. 

THE MOTHER… WITH THE HAT at the Lost Studio

Photo by Zac Titus

Photo by Zac Titus

David C. Nichols – LA Times

“Your – whaddyacallit – your world view? It ain’t mine. And the day it is, that’s the day I shoot myself in the head. I didn’t get clean to live like that.”

That statement suggests the gravitas that drives the scabrous hilarity of “The Mother… With the Hat” at the Lost Studio. Stephen Adly Guirgis’ profanely engrossing 2011 study of love, recovery, moral relativism and misidentified headgear receives an invigorating L.A. premiere. Read more…

Now playing through August 10.