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City Garage Classic Weekend - “Lear” by Young Jean Lee

City Garage Classic Weekend - “Lear” by Young Jean LeeEach “City Garage Classic Weekend” is free starting on Friday at 8:00pm for a week until the following Friday at noon, but we welcome donations.  Please make your contribution on our Chuffed page and then head over to Youtube to enjoy the show!

And here is a little about “Lear” from David C. Nichols’s LA Times review:

“At the outset of “Lear,” now receiving an austerely lunatic West Coast premiere at City Garage, a projected PBS-style host drolly relates the narrative of William Shakespeare’s immortal tragedy, up to Lear’s banishment and Gloucester’s blinding.

“Our show begins roughly at this point in the story,” the host (Trace Taylor) continues. “Nothing else that happens in Shakespeare’s text is necessarily relevant to what you are about to see.” This, as it turns out, is a considerable understatement.

Playwright Young Jean Lee’s 2009 dissection of the motives and psychosexual dilemmas of the progeny who drive the Bard’s towering masterwork isn’t so much a deconstruction neither Lear nor Gloucester appear, for starters. Instead it's a wildly prismatic riff on existential identity, the patriarchy, internecine attraction/repulsion and more. Not for nothing did New Yorker critic Hinton Als call it "a hot mess.”

Director Frédérique Michel treats the intermissionless proceedings as a hybrid of Renaissance masque, absurdist romp and college counseling session, and her fine-tuned cast follows suit. Kristina Drager makes an angular, dryly understated Goneril, whose deliberately contemporary interaction with Kat Johnston’s curt, oddly sympathetic Regan and Nili Rain Segal’s insanely grinning, perversely funny Cordelia typifies the whole. They neatly respond to the fey/savage interplay of Andrew Loviska’s vivid Edgar, who recalls the young James Woods, and Anthony M. Sanazzaro’s hilariously petulant Edmund, his late-inning reappearance as a beloved “Sesame Street” character perhaps Lee’s riskiest twist. Posing and pouncing around producer Charles A. Duncombe’s elemental sets and lighting in Josephine Poinsot’s winking costumes, the group sustains itself through to the post-Pirandello climax, which breaks both tone and third wall...Devotees of its author and this cutting-edge company should flock.”

Presenter / Producer: Frederique Michel & Charles Duncombe

Listed Categories
Theater > Drama
Theater > Theatrical Comedy

Event Phone: 310-453-9939

City Garage Theater
2525 Michigan Ave
Santa Monica CA 90404

LA - Hollywood / Westside

Performance Dates: 4/2/2021 - 4/9/2021
Friday, 04/02/2021
Saturday, 04/03/2021
Sunday, 04/04/2021
Monday, 04/05/2021
Tuesday, 04/06/2021
Wednesday, 04/07/2021
Thursday, 04/08/2021
Friday, 04/09/2021

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Each “City Garage Classic Weekend” is Pay-What-You-Can viewing starting on Friday at 8:00pm until the following Friday at noon. Please make your contribution on our Chuffed page and then head over to Youtube  to enjoy the show!

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