November 6, 2004 |
There is beauty, and there is wonder, in Sarah Kane's final play, "4.48 Psychosis." Beautiful is her angry, exquisite language. Beautiful is the striking, iridescent production by Royal Court, the latest offering from the UCLA Live International Theatre Festival. But it is a terrible beauty, a terrible wonder. Surely most in the audience had an idea of what they were in for Thursday night.
October 31, 2004 |
Sarah KANE'S public life began in a blizzard of condemnation, thanks to British theater critics' outrage at "Blasted," her grisly, taboo-breaking dramatization of everyday hatred and cruelty exploding into the horrors of war. It ended four years later, on Feb. 20, 1999, in a determined suicide two weeks after her 28th birthday.
February 15, 2013 |
In one of the most infamous scenes in modern drama, a group of young men in a London park stone a baby to death in its carriage. What begins as roughhousing escalates to all-out sadism until a rock is thrown at point blank range, ending the child's pitiful cries for good. Edward Bond's "Saved" provoked outrage when it was produced in 1965 by the Royal Court Theatre as a private club offering, a designation used to slip past the Lord Chamberlain's Office. Although "Saved" isn't revived often, it's considered a modern classic, and not just because it was instrumental in overturning Britain's strict theater censorship laws.
April 19, 2009 |
In the course of writing a new play, Lynn Nottage sat in despair at her Brooklyn apartment as she looked over reams of research she had accumulated. The playwright had just spent two months at a Uganda refugee camp, interviewing women who had been raped and brutalized in the fierce Civil War that has wracked the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo for decades.
December 28, 2008 |
MARIN IRELAND ADEPT AT THE RISIBLE OR THE RADICAL Ethereal yet grounded, actor Marin Ireland is magnetically attracted to theatrical projects that are at once ineffably abstract and vulnerably flesh and blood. Patrons of South Coast Repertory had the chance to experience her eccentric comic side last spring in Richard Greenberg's "The Injured Party." But she's revealed rawer nerve endings in darkly radical plays by Caryl Churchill ("Far Away") and Sarah Kane ("4:48 Psychosis" and in this fall's critically acclaimed New York premiere of "Blasted."
July 4, 2002 |
Theater On Approval--Time sure flies when you're having a wry time. "On Approval," Frederick Lonsdale's breezy, biting comedy about the English upper classes, was revived by Pacific Resident Theatre in honor of the play's 75th anniversary. It remains a delicious if insubstantial confection whipped to a fine froth by director Joe Olivieri and his deft cast.