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May 18, 1991 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
German playwright Heiner Muller is not into linear theater. Director L. Kenneth Richardson is not into traditional casting. Scratch that: he's not into traditional anything. No wonder that in his peripatetic staging of Muller's "The Task" at Taper, Too, it isn't always easy to find the play under the nontraditionalism. One does, though. Eventually. And the journey, start to finish, has never a dull moment. With major contributions from designers Edward E. Haynes Jr. (sets), R. S.
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January 23, 1992 | M.E. WARREN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
UC Irvine is taking chances by presenting two plays by contemporary German writer Heiner Muller: This postmodern dramatist is more polemicist than storyteller. But these stagings of his poetic dissertations aren't altogether up to the Herculean task of rendering entertainment in defiance of conventional narrative. The two pieces, "Despoiled Shore/Medeamaterial/Landscape with Argonauts" and "Hamletmachine," are saturated with images meant to disturb, electrify and enlighten.
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January 14, 1992 | MARK CHALON SMITH
Heiner Muller has been called one of the seminal figures in European postmodern drama, the most important German playwright since Brecht. So how come he's not better known in the United States? Setting national provincialism aside, there's the question ofMuller's demands. His cultural visions, often filtered through equally political and poetic prisms, can be very difficult for an audience to absorb.
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January 14, 1992 | MARK CHALON SMITH
Heiner Muller has been called one of the seminal figures in European postmodern drama, the most important German playwright since Brecht. So how come he's not better known in the United States? Setting national provincialism aside, there's the question ofMuller's demands. His cultural visions, often filtered through equally political and poetic prisms, can be very difficult for an audience to absorb.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 1992 | M.E. WARREN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
UC Irvine is taking chances by presenting two plays by contemporary German writer Heiner Muller: This postmodern dramatist is more polemicist than storyteller. But these stagings of his poetic dissertations aren't altogether up to the Herculean task of rendering entertainment in defiance of conventional narrative. The two pieces, "Despoiled Shore/Medeamaterial/Landscape with Argonauts" and "Hamletmachine," are saturated with images meant to disturb, electrify and enlighten.
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May 5, 1991 | JANICE ARKATOV, Arkatov writes regularly about theater for Calendar
L. Kenneth (Lee) Richardson is on a mission. "This is my take on non-traditional casting," the director said matter-of-factly. "I grew up thinking Marlon Brando was Asian in 'Teahouse of the August Moon,' that white actors playing Indians were Indians. In society, we believe white actors have the freedom to be anything they want. But if you have black skin, you have black skin. If you're black, you can only be black. That's all you can be."
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August 21, 2001 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
Neat-freaks can pass on this one, along with those who prefer their history lessons reassuring. For other tastes, a lively, unruly project opened over the weekend in the low-ceilinged confines of Santa Monica's City Garage theater space, going by the name "Frederick of Prussia/GeorgeW's Dream of Sleep." Last year, playwright Charles A. Duncombe Jr. adapted Heiner Muller's riff on "Medea" for a contemporary L.A. treatment of Greek mythology.
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August 10, 2000
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November 15, 1996 | PHILIP BRANDES
For aficionados of "Hamlet" mutations, the late German playwright Heiner Muller's "Hamletmachine" at Santa Monica's City Garage is surely one of the oddest. Written in 1977, Muller's dense, angst-ridden deconstruction of Shakespeare's tragedy takes brooding to new depths with a series of postmodern soliloquies spoken by a self-aware Hamlet tired of his own recurring drama and a rebellious Ophelia struggling to break free of her hapless victimhood.
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December 29, 1992
"Broadway Backstage," Backstage Theatre: This behind-the-scenes musical pastiche was living proof that less is more. A dressing-room melodrama told with admirable economy and a delectable flavoring of tongue-in-cheek, "Broadway Backstage" showcased a septet of confident, enjoyable performances. "King Lear," Orange Coast College: This production was illuminated by Jon V. Sidoli's majestic presence and resonant sensibilities as Lear, a role legendary for its physical and vocal demands.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 1991 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
German playwright Heiner Muller is not into linear theater. Director L. Kenneth Richardson is not into traditional casting. Scratch that: he's not into traditional anything. No wonder that in his peripatetic staging of Muller's "The Task" at Taper, Too, it isn't always easy to find the play under the nontraditionalism. One does, though. Eventually. And the journey, start to finish, has never a dull moment. With major contributions from designers Edward E. Haynes Jr. (sets), R. S.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 1991 | JANICE ARKATOV, Arkatov writes regularly about theater for Calendar
L. Kenneth (Lee) Richardson is on a mission. "This is my take on non-traditional casting," the director said matter-of-factly. "I grew up thinking Marlon Brando was Asian in 'Teahouse of the August Moon,' that white actors playing Indians were Indians. In society, we believe white actors have the freedom to be anything they want. But if you have black skin, you have black skin. If you're black, you can only be black. That's all you can be."
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November 7, 1997 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Songs, poetry, shadow play, satire and drama: It's not a combination that immediately comes to mind when one thinks of cabaret. In fact, cabaret means so many things to so many people--ranging from nightclub singing to pornographic Web sites on the Internet--that its original, late 19th century format has become a virtual anachronism.
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