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Archive for Theatre Asylum

THE ANARCHIST at Theatre Asylum


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David C. Nichols – LA Times

Words not meant to misdirect are wasted,” says one of the combatants in “The Anarchist,” and at certain levels that might describe the whole thing. Read more…

Neal Weaver – Stage Raw

There’s something slightly inhuman about David Mamet’s play: It tells the tale of a former anarchist, Cathy (Felicity Huffman), who killed two policemen in the course of a robbery, and has been in prison for years. Now she is up for parole, and during a final encounter with her parole officer (Rebecca Pidgeon) she has just one chance to demonstrate that she deserves to be set free. Read more…

Now running through May 23.

PULP SHAKESPEARE, Combined Art Forum at Theatre Asylum

Photo  by Bren Coombs

Photo by Bren Coombs

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

What happens when you construct a mashup of Shakespeare with a Quentin Tarantino movie? The result is a convoluted plot, with pseudo-Elizabethan dialogue, and masses of violence, throat-cuttings, and general death and destruction, delivered via blunderbus, sword, dagger, or in one case by an overdose of cocaine. Read more…

Now running through March 8.


BOYS’ LIFE at Theatre Asylum

Photo by Ionna Meli

Photo by Ionna Meli

Jenny Lower – Stage Raw

If its Pulitzer Prize nomination is any indication, Howard Korder’s Boys’ Life must have caught something in the zeitgeist when it debuted on Broadway in 1988. Read more…

Now running through March 7.


The Wake – a Hollywood Fringe production at Theatre Asylum


Pauline Adamek  – ArtsBeatLA

At the beginning of his one-person play The Wake, Ben Moroski — posing as ‘Pete Harrisburg’ — rushes in, introduces himself with a self-deprecating “I’m the asshole doing this play,” and then hands audience members flyers for this show. Moroski thus places an important distance between him — the writer and performer — and the character’s tale that unfolds. Read more…

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

In Ben Moroski’s mesmerizing solo show, it’s not so much the story he spins as the manner in which he spins it that grips your attention. Moroski’s mercurial narrator Peter is a novice actor, whose workshop performance under the tutelage of a therapeutic instructor recounts an ego-shattering breakup with a woman he adored and depended on. Read more…