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City Garage Classic Weekend - “Timepiece” by Charles Duncombe

City Garage Classic Weekend - “Timepiece” by Charles DuncombeEach “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!

After many years of extraordinarily original adaptations at City Garage with his ongoing collaborator, director Frédérique Michel, playwright Charles A. Duncombe has delved more deeply in the machinations of metaphor in his recent works, Caged, and now the even less mysterious, more playful, Timepiece."

“Duncombe provides all his archetypes with eloquent arguments, which the actors deliver with breakneck aplomb….CG mainstay Roberts has never before had a role suit him so snugly. Nelson sparkles with a comedic flair appropriate to a post-modern Carole Lombard. Michel pushes the pace to the practical limits of the performers, and never past. As frequently is the case at City Garage, the ghost of Ionesco does not linger far. And there is no little suspense generated as to how she will manage to interject the pubic exposure that certifies her signature as much as the walk-on was for Alfred Hitchcock.

“Before the action begins, the sound system plays Marlene Dietrich singing Cole Porter’s “You Do Something To Me”, which occurred to me could become the theme song for City Garage: they “do that voodoo, that you do so well.”

-       Myron Meisel, Stage Raw

“Once an avant-garde movement, absurdism has gathered some dust in the intervening years. Duncombe and his longtime collaborator, director Frédérique Michel, so carefully reproduce its tropes — a queasily undefined setting, archetypal characters, pointedly unpredictable behavior, a deep-seated, vaguely Sputnik-era fear of machinery — that this production could be a revival of some forgotten classic, unearthed perhaps from a fallout shelter….The characters take turns delivering rants, summing up their various existential quandaries, each moving in a distinctive, repetitive way that suggests the inner workings of some enormous, sinister device. Their speeches, delivered eloquently, are absorbing in their headlong, stream-of-consciousness style. The topics are diverse and relatable — so much so that the piece occasionally feels like “The Breakfast Club” as rewritten by Camus — and at moments darkly comic. After delivering the most soul-chilling disquisition of all, Superman tells Betty, “I hope you can find some comfort in that.”Although there is little chance of a happy ending for poor Betty or her new friends, there is an odd comfort to be found in absurdism, as Duncombe reminds us in this affectionate tribute. In Anthony M. Sannazaro’s gorgeous video backdrop of floating clouds, I started seeing or imagining the eyes of some kindly disposed god. The human compulsion to find meaning, even if doomed to failure, has certainly led to some wild and entertaining theories.”

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: 1/22/2021 - 1/29/2021
Friday, 01/22/2021
Saturday, 01/23/2021
Sunday, 01/24/2021
Monday, 01/25/2021
Tuesday, 01/26/2021
Wednesday, 01/27/2021
Thursday, 01/28/2021
Friday, 01/29/2021

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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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