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Archive for Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

OTHER DESERT CITIES at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

Photo by Miriam Geer

Photo by Miriam Geer

Margaret Gray – LA Times

Jon Robin Baitz has never been afraid of putting politics onstage. He has a gift for channeling current events into complex and nuanced plays, practically in real time.     Read more…

Now running through September 30

TROUBLE IN MIND at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

 Photo by Ian Flanders

Photo by Ian Flanders

Katie Buenneke – Stage Raw

At times, it seems unbelievable that playwright Alice Childress wrote Trouble in Mind in 1955. The show, which features the tried and true dramatic structure of a play-within-a-play, examines racial politics with a razor-sharp wit.
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Now running through September 30

OTHER DESERT CITIES at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

Photo by Miriam Geer

Photo by Miriam Geer

Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

What happens in other people’s homes behind closed doors? That’s the stuff of so much Great American Theater. Read more…

Now running through October 1

ANIMAL FARM at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

Photo by Liam Flanders

Photo by Liam Flanders

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

While Big Brother watches over Broadway as George Orwell’s 1984 plays there through this summer, our own Topanga Canyon is putting the neigh in neighbors with Orwell’s Animal Farm. The legendary author’s decades-old writing remains horrifyingly pertinent. Read more…

Now running through October 1

 

EQUIVOCATION at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

Photo by Ian Flanders

Photo by Ian Flanders

Margaret Gray – LA Times

It may sit uneasily with our notion of Shakespeare to imagine him tackling the hot-button issues of his era like a Jacobean David Mamet.

But Bill Cain’s “Equivocation” at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum takes a scholarly theory — that “Macbeth” is a coded chronicle of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 — and runs with it all over the stage in a joyful meta-theatrical romp. Read more…

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

Bill Cain’s Equivocation posits Shakespeare in crisis. Not surprisingly, the bard behaves much as his characters do when facing their great questions. Cain’s character, named Shag, cogitates: To write or not to write. That, plus sly commentary on creativity and politics, witty reflections on Shakespeare’s canon, and a universal point about parental love, thoroughly fill the two-and-a-half hours of this delicious play. Read more…

Now running through Oct. 4.

ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

Whatever the course, the end is the renown in “All’s Well That Ends Well” in Topanga Canyon. Although it has some stylistic quirks and still-refining aspects, this affable, accessible revival of the Bard’s rambling comic study of class distinctions, romantic ambition and hard-earned wisdom is a representative outing for Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum.   Read more…

Now running through September 27.

MERLIN: THE UNTOLD ADVENTURES at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

merlinBob Verini – ArtsInLA

Merlin’s adventures, “untold?” Gosh, hasn’t the saga of the windbag wizard been told a bazillion times, in books (picture and grownup), films, TV movies, and even a couple of Broadway musicals? And the thing is, he’s really such a lousy character when you come right down to it. All-knowing, all-powerful figures are almost by definition the antithesis of dramatic; a true protagonist has got to possess some central vulnerability.
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Now running through September 29.

THE ROYAL FAMILY at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

royalfamBob Verini – ArtsInLA

A nation should know and experience its classic dramatic texts. Yet the major virtues of many of ours remain virtually unknown, even to many serious theatergoers, solely because the casts are too large for almost any contemporary producer to afford.
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Now running in repertory through September 28.