June 21, 2002
In the few brief years that constituted her professional career, playwright Sarah Kane was both lionized and pilloried in British theatrical circles. Kane's plays, with their graphic scenes of sex, torture and mutilation, were decried by many as pure filth and just as passionately defended by luminaries, such as Harold Pinter, who praised the brilliance of her dark vision.
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.
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.
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.
June 13, 2004 |
Sarah KANE's antiwar play "Blasted" set off a storm when it premiered in London in 1995, with early reviewers ridiculing it as "a disgusting feast of filth" and "devoid of intellectual and artistic merit." Now the play is being brought to Los Angeles for the first time by the Rude Guerrilla Theater Company, which usually operates out of a 40-seat storefront in Santa Ana.