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THE IMAGINARY INVALID at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum


Photo by Miriam Geer

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Conventional wisdom says laughter is the best medicine. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum fills prescriptions in generous supply with its production of Molière’s “The Imaginary Invalid,” adapted by Constance Congdon. But beware: In doing so, it raises quite a stink. Read more…

Now running through October 2

TONE CLUSTERS at Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum

Photo by Chris Sibley

Photo by Chris Sibley


Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

As a storyteller, Joyce Carol Oates frequently traverses aberrant corridors of the human psyche. That’s readily apparent in this 1990 (since updated to 2003) one-act, about a middle-aged couple, Frank and Emily Gulick (Alan Blumenfeld and Katherine James), whose son has been accused of the brutal rape and murder of a 14-year-old neighbor. The couple’s nightmare compounds a thousandfold as they are interviewed live on TV and interrogated about an event too horrendous for them to accept.

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Pauline Adamek  – ArtsBeatLA

The works of prolific author and playwright Joyce Carol Oates are being presented at Theatricum Botanicum
 for a select handful of performances. The evening features four short monologues by the multiple award-winning, three-time Pulitzer Prize-nominated author, followed by the one-act play Tone Clusters.
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Now running through October 12.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at the Theatricum Botanicum


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Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

As Bottom, performer Katherine Griffith may be the best reason to see this amusing but somewhat quotidian presentation of Shakespeare’s seasonal classic. Cast across gender by directors Melora Marshall and Willow Geer, Griffith’s likable blowhard garners a plurality of the laughs, along with his proletarian colleagues, whose presentation of Pyramus and Thisby before Theseus’ court is this production’s comic highlight.
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Now running in rep through September 25.

Heartbreak House, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum

Photo by Miriam Geer.


Heartbreak House by George Bernard Shaw.


David C. Nichols — Back Stage

After opening with a revisionist ’60s Measure for Measure that entertainingly served the Bard, the forces at Theatricum Botanicum take on Heartbreak House and serve George Bernard Shaw even better. Shaw’s deathless 1917 allegory about British socioeconomic factions heedless of the impending world war enjoys a wonderful revival, Chekhovian in tone, Shavian in attack.  Read more…