April 24, 2013 |
What if you had experienced the defining moment of your life - but couldn't remember it? Sharr White's remarkable two-person play, “Annapurna,” now at the Odyssey, deals with just that dilemma, as well as other imponderables such as the vagaries of love and the philosophical clarity of impending death. From White's poignant script to Bart DeLorenzo's faultless direction to Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman's beautifully centered performances, “Annapurna” is a lovely theatrical construct from the ground up. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage The production's slice-of-life specificity begins with Thomas A. Walsh's scenic design, a squalid trailer in the Colorado foothills bespeaking hopelessness in every filthy detail. The magnificent Rockies, looming just outside, stand in ironic counterpoint to this “purgatory,” a sort of sick animal's burrow where once-celebrated poet Ulysses (Offerman)
July 22, 2008
Bart DeLorenzo: The Personal File column with director and producer Bart DeLorenzo in Sunday's Arts & Music section said that for a guilty pleasure, he checked out d-list.com every morning. The correct website is dlisted.com.
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.
January 30, 2014 |
Right at the start of Sarah Ruhl's "Passion Play," now at the Odyssey Theatre, a religious crisis of the kind Freud would have appreciated erupts. The actress playing Mary in the town's religious pageant secretly has the hots for the young hunk playing Jesus. How can she be expected to act maternal - never mind holy - when he's strutting around so temptingly in a loin cloth that keeps slipping? The frolicsome boldness of Ruhl's imagination is on cheeky display in this Odyssey Theatre Ensemble-Evidence Room co-production directed by Bart DeLorenzo.