December 21, 1997
I appreciated Don Shirley's column in which he shed some light on the reasons for the Evidence Room's lease termination at the hands of Culver City landlords and art patrons Frederick and Laurie Smith (Theater Notes, Dec. 14). The Evidence Room built a theater from scratch in an undeveloped area in a run-down building, played to full houses and balanced its books within three years. In Shirley's column, the Smiths complain about our work, our audiences and our board, three subjects that they don't know anything about.
June 3, 2004 |
Hard Times, Dickens' shortest and arguably most humorless work is a hard nut to crack. Intrinsically didactic and self-righteous in tone, the piece tackles the shortcomings of the social utilitarianism prevalent in its day, as well as the evils of the Industrial Revolution and the inequities of the era's harsh divorce laws.
September 29, 2005
Writer, satirist, public radio commentator and performer Sandra Tsing Loh, whose off-Broadway solo shows have included "Bad Sex With Bud Kemp" and "Aliens," premieres her newest solo show. In "Mother on Fire," directed by David Schweizer with Bart DeLorenzo, Loh draws on her adventures in parenting to explore motherhood amid the chaos of an inflated housing market, peanut allergies and the chain-link-fenced world of public schools. Loh is donating her proceeds to public schools.
November 17, 1995 |
Playwright Georg Buchner, who died at age 23, was a world-class rabble-rouser. Ostensibly a frothy fable, "Leonce and Lena," Buchner's only comedy, is actually a proletarian diatribe about wealth and corruption, as biting as his darkly dystopian masterwork "Woyzeck." Director Bart DeLorenzo and company punch up Buchner's political bitterness in their inventive new adaptation at the Evidence Room, yet wisely keep the essential silliness of the play intact.
April 4, 2006 |
Bart DeLorenzo, founder and artistic director of the Evidence Room, says the theater company will "end the relationship between the Evidence Room and the space we have called our home for the past six years," effective July 31. DeLorenzo cited "leadership issues" and an "irreconcilable lease dispute" among the problems forcing the 11-year-old company to leave its current home, a 99-seat theater in a former bra factory on Beverly Boulevard in Echo Park.
September 26, 1997 |
Keith Reddin's film noir-inspired drama, "Almost Blue," is about a special sort of oblivion in the seamy realm of society's fringe. It's where an ex-con named Phil (Christian S. Leffler) attempts to escape from his memories into an alcoholic stupor only to find his moments of sobriety complicated by people who may or may not be dead.