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CAGED at Theatre Banshee

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Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Dermot Davis’ dark comedy is set in the elevator of an urban hi-rise and performed on a proscenium 7-feet wide by 7-feet deep. That makes it unusually problematic to stage, though the challenge is ably met by director Tim Byron Owen and his game two-person ensemble.

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David C. Nichols – LA Times

Anyone who has ever wondered about being stuck in an elevator might be intrigued by “Caged” at Theatre Banshee, a guest offering by Mean Machine Productions and Georganne Aldrich Heller. Read more…

Now running through November 22. 

MINE EYES HATH SEEN at Theatre Banshee

Photo courtesy Theatre Banshee

Photo courtesy Theatre Banshee

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

The Civil War was the bloodiest and one of the most tragic episodes in American history.  More people lost their lives in battle and to disease in that war than in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined. Read more…

Now running through May 17.

LAY ME DOWN SOFTLY at Theatre Banshee

Photo by Erin Noble

Photo by Erin Noble

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

In Irish playwright Billy Roche’s family drama, Peadar (John McKenna), a gentle man in a rough and unforgiving world, reminisces to his friend’s daughter, Emer (Kristen Kollender), about his encounter with her mother, Joy. In his story, Joy had just been abandoned by the girl’s callous dad, Theo (Andrew Graves), and Peadar had come to offer Joy solace and a day’s bed and breakfast – until she could pull herself together and be on her way. Read more…

Neal Weaver  – Arts In LA

Billy Roche’s play is set in Delaney’s Traveling Roadshow, a down-market boxing show that’s touring the Irish midlands, circa 1960. Theo Delaney (Andrew Graves) is the show’s proprietor, who has a love ’em and leave ’em approach to women. He makes his profit from admission tickets, concessions, and a raffle, but his chief gimmick is advertising that his fighters will take on all comers. This seems to be a fine plan until a pro fighter—whom we never see—turns up to challenge Theo’s principal boxer, Dean (Kevin Stidham), and defeat him in the ring. Read more…

Now playing through August 23.

BY THE BOG OF CATS at Theatre Banshee

Terry Morgan – LAist

Photo by Moses Umbeke

Photo by Moses Umbeke

Audience identification is an interesting phenomenon. It’s the fact that audiences will have sympathy for a possibly repellent character simply because he or she is the protagonist in a story—perhaps it’s an artistic variant of Stockholm Syndrome? This explains the continual fascination with characters such as Richard III, Sweeney Todd and Medea. Speaking of the woman who never won the mother of the year award, Marina Carr’s By The Bog of Cats is loosely inspired by the old Euripides play.

Now running through December 8.