Jack Benny (A Ménage En Train)

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Traveling by train from Chicago to Los Angeles, intrigue and sexual badinage accumulate rapidly as secret agents take the pants off manifest destiny. Low laughs, high emotion and free money are coming your way in this surreal seance in Jack Benny, PaduaLab’s new Cabaret — bring your mother.

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The Gary Plays 2017

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Overview Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Quotes Reviews Fans of seminal playwright and Padua Playwrights founder Murray Mednick are in for a treat: Open Fist Theatre Company presents Mednick's entire "The Gary Plays" series in one epic production now playing at Atwater Village Theatre. "The Gary Plays" chronicles the odyssey of unemployed actor Gary Bean in the years...

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The Royal

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The Royal Synopsis The Royal is the story of a leap of faith that plays itself out within the familiar narrative motifs of the international spy thriller. Set in a single room in an upscale  resort in the desert outside of Los Angeles, the three characters enact an intricate minuet of betrayal and terror as a plot to poison local water sources reveals its links to love and obsession. Rooted in the darker corners of contemporary America, The Royal skirts the boundary between gritty realism and romance to tell a familiar story of ordinary people caught up in an extraordinary process...

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Sam Shepard Tribute

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In an evening full of music, readings and remarks, renowned performers and creators of theatre come together to celebrate Sam’s profound body of work, under the direction of Darrell Larson.

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Clearwater & Mr. Job

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Clearwater Mr. Job Clearwater Synopsis Some time ago I read that the Apache tribe was suing the Skull and Bones Society of Yale University for the return of Geronimo’s bones, which were stolen from his grave at Fort Sill in 1919. George W. Bush was in office at that time and he was a member of the Society, as were his father and grandfather, and his opponent in the 2004 race, John Kerry. It struck me as remarkable that this could be the case — that Geronimo’s skull was...

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7 Sorceries.

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Help Desk Help Red Milk Canyon The Accountant The Hillary Game Help Desk Help Synopsis Set in a 21st century’s version of a coal mine, the play explores the impact of Information Technology on those people who hold and support IT. All day, every day, screens and recording devices monitor and shape our perceptions and out understanding of reality. Connecting with each other in visceral ways, those working...

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Villon

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Casting the Lead in Villon | More VideosHear our KCRW spot! [.mp3] “Masterful and intriguing”—Examiner.com Read in full “Witty and entertaining … check it out!”—The Los Angeles Post Read in full “Humorous, energetic, and highly physical … [The] cast comprises of LA stage vets make sturdy, faithful companions to Mednick and his kaleidoscopic theatermaking.”—Arts In LA Read in full VILLON Written and Directed by Murray Mednick “[Villon is] portrayed with gleeful lack of repentance by charismatic Kevin Weisman” —Los Angeles Times “Murray Mednick’s...

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The Black Glass

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The Black Glass

PRESS “Bentham’s nightmare, well-enacted by the performers in Zimmerman’s choreographic staging and with the support of John Zalewski’s haunting sound design, is that of a doomed man trying to reckon with his multidimensional bankruptcy.” – LA WEEKLY “Such an enigmatic, elliptical narrative risks leaving audiences bewildered but not edified. The Black Glass’ mystique instead casts a definite spell over its spectators.” – CREATIVE LOAFING (ATLANTA) “The Black Glass” develops a surprisingly powerful poetry of tangled expectations…It isn’t so...

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The Fool & The Red Queen

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PRESS “The second play takes us inside the film being conjured in the first work. In the conjunction of the two works, handsomely staged with expert video support by Guy Zimmerman in tones both laconic and whimsical, the theme of genocide and a sadomasochistic relationship between the Red Queen (Julia Prud’homme in a viciously jocular turn) and her Fool (Bill Celentano, bursting with both intelligence and frustration at the capricious cruelty of his mistress) blend into a phantasmagoric vision of world history and contemporary L.A. that shoots darts of humor into its own...

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Girl on a Bed (Film)

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Girl on a Bed

In Girl on a Bed a young drug user, Danny Boy (Andy Hopper), wakes to find himself in a room with the body of a girl who has died of a heroin overdose. This is Laura (played by Niamh McCormally) a sensitive and intelligent American teen. To Danny’s horror, he recognizes Laura from a pornographic movie that was playing on the TV earlier. Frightened into sobriety, Danny tells his father (Gary) the harrowing story of the girl. A few days later Danny himself is shot dead in a local park, apparently at random. The deaths of these two young people send Gary (Christopher Allport) on a search for...

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