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ANIMALS OUT OF PAPER at the David Henry Hwang Theater


Photo by Michael Lamont

Photo by Michael Lamont

David C. Nichols – LA Times

The delicate art of origami provides both metaphor and motor for “Animals Out of Paper” at the David Henry Hwang Theater, and it enfolds the viewer with deceptive simplicity and considerable craft. Read more…  

ap Pauline Adamek  – ArtsBeatLA

The paths of three loner characters intersect in Rajiv Joseph’s Animals Out of Paper, a bittersweet dramedy now being presented by East West Players in their Little Tokyo theater in Downtown LA.

Still recovering from a recent break-up, world-renowned origami artist Ilana Andrews (Tess Lina) is a cranky shut-in, holed up in her studio. She’s none too friendly to a surprise visitor Andy (CS Lee), the extra cheerful Treasurer of the Origami Association who’s keen on tracking her down.  Read more…

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

Rajiv Joseph has built Animals Out of Paper with metaphors about human longing for connection. The result is a gentle but unpersuasive play.  Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly 

Playwright Rajiv Joseph’s play about three sensitive, lonely people and their anxious efforts to relate to each other is a discerning, fine-spun drama. This East West Players production directed by Jennifer Chang takes a while to get off the ground, but ultimately evolves into a moving piece of theater. Read more…

Now running through Oct. 5.


Encounter, East West Players in association with Navarasa Dance Theatre, David Henry Hwang Theater

Photo by Don Perrault_LR



by Aparna Sindhoor, Anil Natyaveda, and S M Raju.


Dany Margolies, ArtsInLA

The wisdom of the adage “Show, don’t tell” quickly becomes apparent in this dance-theater piece. And symbolic “showing” can be even more evocative than realism, which may explain why the storytelling here leaves the viewer shattered. In a universal tale about shortsighted despotism and evilly wielded power, only the production’s beautiful theatricality comes out the winner.  Read more…


Mayank Keshaviah – LA Weekly

Often the more specific something is, the more universal it feels. As such, this dance drama by Navarasa Dance Theatre, about Indian farmworker-turned-freedom fighter Dopdi Mejhen (Aparna Sindhoor), could just as easily have taken place in Rwanda, El Salvador or China. Mejhen, husband Dulna Majhi (Anil Natyaveda) and their fellow adivasis (indigenous tribals) are victims of the Indian military, who orchestrate “encounters” to kill or torture so-called enemies of the state. Interestingly, both groups are played by the same actors/dancers.  Read more…