CTG's Kirk Douglas Theatre 2015/16 season
From March 6 to April 3, the theater will find an Internet meme come to life in Women Laughing Alone with Salad. Sheila Callaghan’s rude comedy, receiving its West Coast premiere here, funnels modern expectations of women through the prism of the stock photo trope of, well, women laughing with salad, often alone. “Nobody likes salad that much; it’s not built for that,” the playwright told the Washington Post, explaining that her comedy confronts portrayals of women in media: “I don’t think salad’s the villain in the play; I think shaming is the villain.” The New York Times described the Wooly Mammoth Theatre Company production as “exuberantly vulgar… rich in expletives and frank discussions of sex acts,” while praising its stylistic boldness.
Samuel Beckett’s Endgame will enjoy a resurrection, er, revival April 24 through May 22—if “enjoy” is an appropriate word to use in connection with the world of that morbid, absurdist classic. The production represents the return of LA theater fixture Alan Mandell (who also directs), reuniting him with Barry McGovern, his 2012 Waiting for Godot costar at the Taper. The 1957 Endgame is set in what feels like the dying embers of a postapocalyptic world. Whether it’s the result of a nuclear holocaust or plague or whatever is never specified; rather it’s the relationships—the futile, unchanging, sterile relationships—among the slowly dying, last known specimens of humanity that amuse and horrify. The play’s engine is the blind and tyrannical Hamm, unable to leave his pseudo-throne and lording it over his servant and legless parents, who exist inside trashcans. It’s comedy at its blackest, a grim but unforgettable joke at humanity’s expense.
This aptly timed world premiere satire by Jon Robin Baitz follows a tailor who is struggling to serve a real estate tycoon/reality TV star who decides to run for president—and actually becomes a major party's nominee. It won't take audiences to use their imagination much as the election spirals out of control, forcing both the tailor and his apprentice to rethink their roles as image-makers for the man. As the theater is promoting it, this show "offers a unique opportunity for a play to participate in our nation’s political discourse as it unfolds."
Failure: A Love Story from Coeurage Theatre Company, April 14–23, 2017
Citizen: An American Lyric from Fountain Theatre, April 28–May 7, 2017
Dry Land from Echo Theater Company, May 12–21, 2017
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