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  • gilwilson 1:54 PM on June 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bobby canavale, chris rock, , dark comedy, l.a. theatre works, ,   

    “The Motherf–ker with the Hat” By Stephen Adly Guirgis 

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    By Stephen Adly Guirgis
    Narrated by: Bobby Cannavale, Chris Rock, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Annabella Sciorra, Yul Vazquez
    Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
    Performance
    Release date: 02-12-14
    Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works

    I don’t know why I was surprised to see this production from L.A. Theatre Works, maybe the language, maybe that it was Chris Rock and one of my new favorite actors, Bobby Cannavale.  Either way I should have known that LATW wouldn’t let language stop them and I know they have some of the finest talent in Hollywood performing their audio shows.  So I was looking forward to this somewhat dark comedy about 2 friends, their addictions, and their trying to stay on the right side of the law.

    Once again LATW delivered an outstanding performance.  I have to say I have not come across any of their performances that is even slightly bad.  LATW always brings great plays with great performers/actors with quality production that puts you smack into the middle of the audience.

    This time around Bobby Cannavale, as Jackie, is out of prison and in a 12 step program with Chris Rock, as Ralph D, as his sponsor.  Jackie finds that his girl is cheating on him because the guy she’s cheating with left his hat on the bedside table.  Jackie knows exactly that it is that Motherf–ker with the hat on the first floor.  Jackie takes action and returns the hat, but shoots the hat before leaving.  The problem is that the man Jackie is looking for is not THAT Motherf–ker with the hat, it turns out to be another Motherf–ker.

    This play builds with great characters until finally the right Motherf–cker gets the proper blame.  I have to say other than the two leads the character of Cousin Julio is a great addition to the play and takes the biggest comedy moments in the show.

    I would highly recommend this show to any fan of comedy or theatre.

    Publisher’s Summary
    Addiction, pain, and explosive tempers are not exactly what you’d call the ingredients for a side-splitting comedy. Yet Steven Adly Guiguis has created a profane, hilarious masterpiece that earned a “hatful” of theatrical accolades in 2011, including a Drama Desk award for Outstanding Actor in a Play for Bobby Cannavale. Stars the original Broadway cast: Chris Rock, Bobby Canavale, Annabella Sciorra, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Yul Vazquez.

    A 2011 Tony Award nominee for Best Play.

    An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:

    Chris Rock as Ralph D.

    Bobby Cannavale as Jackie

    Elizabeth Rodriguez as Veronica

    Annabella Sciorra as Victoria

    Yul Vázquez as Cousin Julio

    Directed by Jace Alexander. Recorded by L.A. Theatre Works before a live audience.

    ©2013 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2013 L.A. Theatre Works

     
  • gilwilson 4:33 PM on March 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    “The Seagull” By Anton Chekhov 

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    By Anton Chekhov
    Published April 2013 by L.A. Theatre Works
    1:49:47
    Classic Drama
    Directed by Rosalind Ayres
    Calista Flockhart as Irina Nikolayevna Arkadina
    T.R. Knight as Konstantin Treplev
    Stephen Collins as Yevgeny Dorn
    Gordon Clapp as Ilya Shamrayev
    Logan Fahey as Semyon Medvedenko
    Cindy Katz as Polina Andreyevna
    Dakin Matthews as Pyotr Sorin
    Bess Rous as Masha
    Josh Stamberg as Boris Alexeyevich Trigorin
    Kira Sternbach as Nina

    This play is a great representation of art for the sake of art itself.  When first performed the play received jeers and heckles from the audience.  I can actually understand that.  For the most part this play is just a bunch of actors that talk about how they love what they do.  Sure there is more to it, but the whole play is pretty much full of itself to the point that the average reader/listener/play goer would not quite get it or really care enough to try.

    I can easily say that this performance is outstanding performance wise, the cast did make me want to try to look for a deeper meaning.  But the material as a whole left me wishing I would have listened to another LATW performance.

    Don’t let this keep you from looking for other performances from L.A. Theatre Works.  They do an outstanding job of putting you directly in the audience in these audio productions.

    Publisher’s Summary

    Here translated by Christopher Hampton, Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull is considered one of his most haunting and atmospheric character studies. A would-be playwright is at war with his egoistic mother while the town has become intoxicated by a sensational author. And as the alluring newcomer steals away Kosta’s only love, their new romance could have devastating consequences.

    Recorded in Los Angeles before a live audience at The James Bridges Theater, UCLA in September of 2012.

     
  • gilwilson 2:11 AM on April 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: gender issues, l.a. theatre works, , ,   

    “Boy” By Anna Ziegler 

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    By: Anna Ziegler
    Narrated by: Sarah Drew, John Getz, Travis Johns, Amy Pietz, Bobby Steggert
    Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
    Release date: 10-17-16
    Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works

    If you haven’t yet experienced a production from L.A. Theatre Works, you should. Their productions put you in the middle of the audience.

    This time around I listened to another play from the Relativity series, (science plays). The story of a boy who was born a boy but after a disfiguring accident was raised a son. Throughout his life he knew something was not quite right. The play goes back and forth through time from when the parents notified the doctor and the plan to raise him as a girl developed, to the late 80s when he finds a girl and falls in love, back to his therapy sessions during childhood.

    This one gets you thinking, but not about what you think.

    Publisher’s Summary

    Anna Ziegler’s Boy is a powerful statement about sexual identity and the mystery of what makes us who we are.

    After a baby boy is seriously injured in an accident, a doctor persuades his parents to raise the child as a girl. As the child grows up, the child – known as Samantha and Adam at different times – faces an extraordinary challenge to carve out a place in the world.

    An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring:

    Sarah Drew as Jenny

    John Getz as Dr. Wendell Barnes

    Travis Johns as Doug

    Amy Pietz as Trudy

    Bobby Steggert as Adam Turner

    Directed by Debbie Devine. Recorded in Los Angeles before a live audience at The James Bridges Theater, UCLA, in July of 2016. Boy is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.

    ©2016 Anna Ziegler (P)2016 L.A. Theatre Works

     
  • gilwilson 5:33 PM on April 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ibsen, l.a. theatre works, , theater,   

    “An Enemy of the People” by Henrik Ibsen translated by Rebecca Lenkiewicz 

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    by Henrik Ibsen translated by Rebecca Lenkiewicz
    An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast recording, featuring: Richard Kind, Gregory Harrison, Rosalind Ayres, Emily Swallow, Josh Stamberg, Tom Virtue, Alan Shearman, Alan Mandell, and Jon Matthews. Additional voices by Sam Boeck, William Hickman, Adam Mondschein, Julia Coulter, and Jeff Gardner. Directed by Martin Jarvis.
    Approx 2 hours
    Released: May 31, 2014
    Publisher: LA Theatre Works

    Once again it is time to visit an L.A. Theatre Works production. This time around we have a production of the play “An Enemy of the People” A small town relies on tourists coming to their town for the mineral water baths, but Dr. Stockmann has discovered that the new baths built in his town are infected with a deadly disease he tries to warn the town that they must repair or close the baths. The Mayor, who is Dr. Stockmann’s brother, does not believe the report and refuses to close the baths because it will cause the financial ruin of the town.

    Dr. Stockmann tries to take his case to the people, but the mayor intercedes and explains to the people how much it will cost to repair the baths. The Mayor says that the Doctor has always been filled with wild, fanciful ideas and in a public meeting, he has his brother declared an enemy of the people. The doctor decides to leave the town, but at the last minute comes to the realization that he must stay and fight for the things he believes to be right. While Dr. Stockmann is an impulsive and naïve man he believes the issue could ruin the town more than being shut down for repairs would. He maintains that the truth cannot be killed by a “conspiracy of silence.” This leads to the conclusion of “the strongest man is he who stands alone.” While being written in the mid 18th century this play still holds true today.

    Being a production by L.A. Theatre Works once again listening to this production you are put in the center of the audience and listening to the show. The production is so well done that it is easy to have this theatre of the mind play out while you are just along for the ride. Great performances and great production.

    Publisher’s Summary

    When a small town relies on tourists flocking to its baths, will a report of dangerously polluted waters be enough to shut them down? Henrik Ibsen weighs the cost of public health versus a town’s livelihood in An Enemy of the People.

    An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast recording, featuring: Richard Kind, Gregory Harrison, Rosalind Ayres, Emily Swallow, Josh Stamberg, Tom Virtue, Alan Shearman, Alan Mandell, and Jon Matthews. Additional voices by Sam Boeck, William Hickman, Adam Mondschein, Julia Coulter, and Jeff Gardner. Directed by Martin Jarvis.

    Includes an interview with Joel K. Bourne, Jr., former senior environment editor for National Geographic, on man-made environmental disasters, climate change, and the state of the world’s water supply.

    An Enemy of the People is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.

     
  • gilwilson 5:30 PM on February 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    She Stoops to Conquer By: Oliver Goldsmith (L.A. Theater Works) 

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    By: Oliver Goldsmith
    Performed by: Rosalind Ayres, Adam Godley, Julian Holloway, James Marsters, Ian Ogilvy, Joanne Whalley, Matthew Wolf
    Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
    Release date: 08-25-11
    Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works

    I just can’t get enough of these productions by L.A. Theatre works. They can take a live performance record the audio and release as audiobook without losing anything. Sure it’s nice to be able to watch the performers in action, especially this production’s star, James Marsters. I’ve enjoyed Marsters since back in the Buffy days, but more recently I’ve been enjoying his voice on James Butcher’s Harry Dresden novels he really brings those to life. So while looking at the L.A. Theatre works catalog I see him acting in a couple of the performances and I am eager to give them a listen.

    Back when I was in college getting one of my degrees in Theatre, we saw the play “She Stoops to Conquer.” I thought it was mildly funny at the time. I mean come on this takes the mistaken identity genre to a whole new level. Where the main characters Hastings and Marlow are tricked into believing the home of Mr. Hardcastle is an inn. Both behave badly and hilarity ensues. Okay like I said it was mildly funny.

    This performance is more than mildly funny, I actually laughed out loud several times during the nearly 2 hour performance. L.A. Theatre Works definitely knows the right cast to put into all of their recordings, but something about this one completely surprised me. I think the best part about this was that the actors weren’t necessarily known for comedy, making the “accidental” comedic occurrences even funnier. No one tried for the laugh, just let it happen. It worked. Have some fun and then let people know you listened to a stuffy play from the year 1773. It’ll make you appear more scholarly.

    While the mistaken identity part of the comedy is fun, this play teaches us a little something about class, greed and behavior versus appearance. Just enjoy.

    Publisher’s Summary:

    Starring James Marsters, this classic comedy of manners from 1773 is still widely performed and studied. Love, lies, and dysfunctional families. Sound like your last family gathering? Try this one on for laughs. Two randy young gents, Charles and George, set out to woo the alluring and upper-crust Kate and Constance. But inexperienced Charles is shy and clumsy around upper-class ladies, so it’s the barmaid who catches his eye. But is she really who she seems? Bawdy high-jinx, popped pretensions, and good dirty fun are the hallmarks of this romping frolic that’s kept audiences laughing for over two centuries.

    An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring (in alphabetical order): Rosalind Ayres as Mrs. Hardcastle; Adam Godley as Tony Lumpkin; Julian Holloway as Elder Marlow/Stingo; James Marsters as Charles Marlow; Christopher Neame as Roger; Paula Jane Newman as Bet Bouncer/Pimple; Ian Ogilvy as Mr. Hardcastle; Moira Quirk as Constance Neville; Darren Richardson as Diggory/Jeremy; Joanne Whalley as Kate Hardcastle; and Matthew Wolf as George Hastings. Directed by Martin Jarvis. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, in June 2010.

    Public Domain (P)2011 L.A. Theatre Works

     
  • gilwilson 6:00 PM on January 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Hamlet By: William Shakespeare (L.A. Theatre Works) 

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    By: William Shakespeare
    Starring: Alan Mandell, Josh Stamberg, Emily Swallow, Stephen Collins, Stacy Keach, JoBeth Williams, Matthew Wolf
    Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
    Release date: 02-15-12
    Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works

    Before we get to far into this review I have to talk about L.A. Theatre Works. L.A. Theatre Works audio abilities are phenomenal.  I mean, come on, I don’t think I could sit and just listen to a play for 3 hours without getting bored. That is just not the case with L.A. Theatre Works recordings.  A combination of excellent production along with casts that are just phenomenal create an audio theatre experience that will bring the stage to you.

    One of the things that intrigued me most about this was that it had Stacy Keach. I love Stacy Keach’s performances, whether on Cheech & Chong’s “Up In Smoke,” or an episode of “Mike Hammer,” Keach has some serious acting chops. As Hamlet’s father’s ghost Keach hooked me from the beginning.

    With the caliber of actors in all their performances any production from L.A. Theatre Works deserves your attention.

    So in case you have been under a rock for the past 500 years or so, here’s the Publisher’s Summary:

    Shakespeare’s timeless story of revenge, corruption, and murder is considered one of the greatest works in the English language. Composed over 400 years ago, the tragic tale of young Prince Hamlet remains one of the theater’s most studied and performed works, presented here in a new full-cast recording, directed by Martin Jarvis and featuring a special appearance by Stacy Keach as The Ghost.

    An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Josh Stamberg as Hamlet; Stephen Collins as King Claudius; JoBeth Williams as Queen Gertrude; Stacy Keach as The Ghost; Alan Mandell as Polonius; Emily Swallow as Ophelia; JD Cullum as Laertes; Matthew Wolf as Horatio; Mark Capri as Ambassador and others; Josh Clark as Gravedigger, Voltemand and others; Henri Lubatti as Rosencrantz and others; Jon Matthews as Guildenstern and others; Darren Richardson as Player Queen and others; André Sogliuzzo as Reynaldo and others. Directed by Martin Jarvis. Recorded at the Invisible Studios, West Hollywood, in August 2011.

    ©2012 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2012 L.A. Theatre Works

     
  • gilwilson 10:01 PM on December 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Brent Spiner, Daryl Schultz, Gates McFadden, , Jerry Hardin, John de Lancie, l.a. theatre works, leonard nimoy, Megan Fay, orson welles, Tom Virtue, war of the worlds, Wil Wheaton   

    Audio Drama Review: “War of the Worlds” by H.G. Wells, Radio play adapted by Orson Welles 

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    Audio Drama Review: “War of the Worlds”

    By H.G. Wells, Radio play adapted by Orson Welles

    A full cast audio performance

    Produced by L.A. Theatre Works

    Total Running Time 77 Minutes

     

    Okay are you ready for a full on nerdgasm?  This one is it.  L.A. Theatre works distributed free copies of this audio drama on Halloween this year.  I have always been a fan of the Orson Welles dramatization of the H.G. Wells classic space invasion story.  I also am a big fan of the audio dramas produced by L.A. Theatre Works, I have listened to many of their classic stage performances turned audio and every single one is the perfect production from stage to audio that when listening you feel as though you are in the center of the audience.

     

    But what got me the most, and this is where the nerdgasm comes in, was the cast of this production.  This production stars; John de Lancie,  Gates McFadden, Leonard Nimoy,  Armin Shimerman, Brent Spiner, Wil Wheaton , Tom Virtue,  Jerry Hardin,  Megan Fay and Daryl Schultz.  It is directed by John de Lancie and Recorded before a live audience at Guest Quarters Suites, Santa Monica, CA in October, 1994.  So yes all you Star Trek fans get a supreme dose of actors from the series and a great sci-fi production.

     

    The radio adaptation of this story has an intriguing history.  When Orson Wells first performed the adaptation on Halloween 1938, even after several announcements that it was a dramatization, many of the audience thought the Martian invasion was real and panic ensued.  I have listened to the original recordings several times and while I find it hard to figure out why the broadcast was taken as reality, I have to admit the adaptation is drama at its best.

     

    Any Star Trek fan knows how talented these actors are, and bringing them together in a sci-fi production is just perfect.  It’s amazing picking out the voices but what is more amazing is how they all meld together as a cast and bring this drama to life.  Each actor is definitely convincing in their role in this program and their camaraderie is apparent when the production absorbs you and you stop listening to them as characters from Star Trek, but rather characters that are involved in an invasion from Mars.

     

    The production is presented as a radio performance with news breaks reporting first explosions on the planet mars then strange objects landing in the U.S.A.  With a roving report on the scene at an observatory and then later being vaporized (spoilers) at the landing site of one of the vessels, the action and actors present the story in little breaks between musical radio broadcasts.

     

    Just over an hour of your time will be taken but that time is well spent listening to this classic performed by epic sci-fi actors.

     

     

     
  • gilwilson 10:05 PM on January 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , bertold brecht, church doctrine, , galileo, galileo galilei, l.a. theatre works, , , , ,   

    “The Life of Galileo” by Bertold Brecht (produced by L.A. Theatre Works) 

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    “The Life of Galileo”
    by Bertold Brecht
    translated by David Hare
    Multi-cast performance
    Produced by L. A. Theatre Works
    Approx 2 hours

    I was getting ready to start a couple of audiobooks that were time consumers (any audiobook over 10 hours falls under that label for me). Not only were they long but they were both going to be espionage/government cover-up type stories and those require a huge commitment, especially since I was going to start them both at the same time. Before I tackled those two books, I wanted to listen to something that swallows you into the story, so I reached for one of my favorite go to publishers of audio, L.A. Theatre Works. I have a list of several go to(s) that I know will entertain me. What I like most about LATW is that they are plays that have been performed on stage and the producers take special care to record all the audio so that nothing is missed.

    As a proud owner of a degree in theatre, I have always been aware that theatre is a visual medium, especially if you ask all my theatrical designer friends, but also being a proud owner of a Radio / TV broadcasting degree I know that the theatre of the mind power of radio is a strong power. L.A. Theatre Works takes the time to make sure their performances that are transferred over to an audiobook format take the visual artistry and make it work in an audio format. This is achieved with excellent sound effects, music and of course the great acting. When an actor is describing a prop that is seen by the audience, the production and performance create the image in the listener’s mind that ensures nothing is missed.

    This production features a full-cast performance featuring: Neil Dickson, Roy Dotrice, Jeannie Elias, Jill Gascoine, Stacy Keach, Peter Lavin, Robert Machray, Christopher Neame, Moira Quirk, Darren Richardson, Alan Shearman, Simon Templeman, Joanne Whalley, Matthew Wolf

    What attracted me to this particular production from the vaults of L.A. Theatre Works is that the part of Galileo is played by Stacy Keach. Every performance I’ve ever seen or heard with Mr. Keach, whether comedy or tragedy, he has owned that role. Not so long ago I listened to an LATW performance of “Death of a Salesmen” in which Keach played Willie Loman and that became my favorite performance of that play. I will always be a fan of his.

    This play portrays Galileo Galilei as he shatters the world’s beliefs which have been dictated by the church for two millennia, in that we are not the center of the universe. When Galileo first lays his hands on a telescope and observes that the Earth is one of a few planets in the solar system that revolve around the sun and that the planets and stars are not held in suspension through crystal spheres, as believed by the church, he becomes a target for the Holy Inquisition. Committing such heresy Galileo is made to suffer torture, mentally and physically under the inquisitor. Galileo provides proof that only needs to be observed but the church stands firm.

    In a play that shows how advancements in science are hindered by long held beliefs this production from L.A. Theatre Works, is one that should be heard by anyone seeking truth.

     
  • gilwilson 8:24 PM on January 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    “Tooth and Claw” by Michael Hollinger 

    toothclaw“Tooth and Claw”
    by Michael Hollinger
    Multi-cast performance
    Produced by L.A. Theatre Works
    Approx. 2 hours

    When it comes to audio entertainment I have four sources that I can go to to make sure I can find a good story. Countless times I’ve started an audiobook and just couldn’t stay interested and each time that happens I get frustrated and have to go to one of those sources so that I can be reminded that there are good audiobooks available. L.A. Theatre Works is one of those sources.

    L.A. Theatre Works produces live performances of plays that range from the classic to the modern and every time they feature a cast that is superb. With these live performances LATW also takes the time and effort to produce audio versions of these plays. The recordings are so expertly produced that while listening to the performance, as a reader, you are transported into the middle of the audience. All musical cues, sound effects and every dialogue are produced so that the attention to detail shows in that every single thing is heard clearly.

    This time around I picked out the play “Tooth and Claw,” not because I was interested in the subject matter, but simply because I knew, no matter what, I would get a great story from L.A. Theatre Works and yes I was right. This production was yet another performance where the acting and production kept me interested and entertained.
    “Tooth and Claw” is a contemporary drama based on actual events, biologist Schuyler Baines (portrayed by Cynthia Watros of “Lost”) arrives in the Galapagos Islands to run the Darwin Research Center. When she becomes aware of an exploding black market in sea cucumbers threatening to destroy the islands’ fragile ecosystem, Schuyler shuts the industry down, sparking a deadly, survival-of-the-fittest conflict with native fishermen.

    “Tooth and Claw” becomes a compelling exploration of evolution, extinction and the ever-present nature of Darwin’s “struggle for life.” In the 1990s, the indigenous fisherman (pepineros) of the Galapagos Islands were pitted against environmentalists over the issue of harvesting sea cucumbers, both the primary source of income for the pepineros and an essential part of the food chain for sea tortoises. The fisherman subsequently revolted and slaughtered the endangered tortoises in protest. Even now, the conflict continues with the fisherman in search of shark fins and sea cucumbers for Asian markets, unmindful of conservation efforts. “Tooth and Claw” looks not just at the survival of the fittest, whether human, animal or flora, but at the less obvious clash between science and conservation.

    A very intriguing story and an excellent performance both combine to make this a great way to spend two hours.

     
  • gilwilson 11:16 PM on November 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , culture, , l.a. theatre works, , , paranoid, , psychiatry, schizophrenic   

    “Blue/Orange” by Joe Penhall produced by L.A. Theatre Works 

    “Blue/Orange”
    by Joe Penhall
    starring Daniel Davis, Matt Letscher and Teagle F. Bougere
    Produced by L.A. Theatre Works
    Approx 2 hours.

    Once again I’m magically transported to the world of live theatre through the expert production and performance of L.A. Theatre Works. L.A. Theatre Works has a huge library of performances which have been turned into audio. These plays range from the classics to modern plays and all with excellent casts. The beauty of the whole thing is that LATW takes the time to make sure the audio recording is perfect thus making the listener feel as though they are right in the middle of the audience for every performance.

    This time around I listened to the modern play “Blue/Orange” by Joe Penhall. This one intrigued me after I read the synopsis from L.A. Theatre Works; “Two psychiatrists—one new and inexperienced, the other his well-established mentor—battle over the diagnosis and treatment of Chris, a young black man who claims to be the son of African dictator Idi Amin.” I’m not sure what it was but it just sounded like it would be pretty thought-provoking, and it was.

    A young black man is about to be discharged from psychiatric supervision in a London hospital. His man doctor wants to keep him in for further observation due to some of his responses, for example a bowl of oranges sits on the table, and when asked what color the patient replies, “Blue.” Something is just not right, the patient also claims to be the son of Idi Amin, remember him from the 70s? He’s the dictator that ate his enemies. The problem is that the Doctor’s supervisor, sees all of the patient’s responses as merely products of his culture and that not everything is to be taken literally. The supervisor also sees in this a chance for another paper to be written to further his own career. With his clinicians disagreeing on the seriousness of his condition, his release becomes complicated by issues of race, class, and the definition of sanity itself.

    The play does a great job focusing on the complex issues of psychiatric treatment and throw into that the mix that the two white doctors are clueless when it comes to the black culture, it makes for a very intriguing story which goes back and forth as to who is really sane. The play does have some humorous moments which help the audience to digest some of the real hard-hitting issues covered.

     
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