Archive for the ‘Theatre’ Category

‘The Red Dress’ Theatre Review @ The Odyssey Theatre

Posted on November 10th, 2017 by Joseph A. Hazani

(Playing through November 19th)   In another installment of theatre which is attempting to hold a mirror upon the contemporary society through the recrudesence of the historically worst form of totalitarianism, Nazism, The Red Dress is most poignant in the cultural force imposed upon society as opposed to the more conventional ideas of totalitarianism being […]

RED SAND review @ Santa Monica Playhouse

Posted on October 12th, 2017 by Joseph A. Hazani

Red Sand is an extremely experimental work which quite simply misses the mark. Ignoring its positive attributes, which can easily be found in the incredible performing stamina of the actors and the highly laudable sound mixing for which the performance demanded, this is an inchoate medley of emotional representation that amounts to, at best, an […]

Our Town @ The Pasadena Playhouse

Posted on October 5th, 2017 by Joseph A. Hazani

Our Town is an interesting period piece which shows, albeit indirectly, the humble bedrock for which these United States originate. It is beyond the tenets of the “Protestant Work Ethic”, but further, the moral virtues of the Protestant faith itself on full display. This display, however, is nothing dramatic; nothing more dramatic than an everyday […]

‘Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally Review’ @ Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Posted on September 21st, 2017 by Joseph A. Hazani

Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally playing at the Odyssey Theatre is yet another challenging contemporary play with its extreme abstraction of narrative. And the abstraction of the story, rather than physically acted out, is not a gimmick nor is it a necessary evil to bring to life a small-budget play that can only do so […]

Carmen Disruption @ City Garage

Posted on September 17th, 2017 by Joseph A. Hazani

In a very challenging play, Carmen Disruption is a meditation on the dispossession of contemporary human life. Most especially is the disconnection between humans in a society. It’s a very intriguing thought to ponder the fact a city society is comprised of a multitude of strangers to one another. How close and yet how far […]

Rhinoceros @ The Pacific Resident

Posted on August 27th, 2017 by Joseph A. Hazani

Rhinoceros explores in the purest sense the struggle between the individual and the herd. This is particularly so with the concept of morality in one man, but extenuating to the politics of mankind. There is a delicate balance between acting principally yet doing so communally. At what point is it considered selfish and misbehaving, rather […]

Citizen

Posted on May 9th, 2017 by Joseph A. Hazani

Citizen: An American Lyric in itself is a tome of witchcraft. By this I mean there is no call for compassion of a supposedly oppressed group. It takes, as the nature of society, a war against all, but in this particular incantation, a war against the white man against the black man and how the […]

It’s Time

Posted on April 23rd, 2017 by Joseph A. Hazani

What happens when a natural actor ages? What is his grasp of mortality? To answer such a question and help uncover a fruitful redolent moss underneath a stone that has been left unturned by humanity would be a triumph. It may, however, not be in the repertory of an actor to be so dedicated to […]

Rabbit Hole

Posted on April 23rd, 2017 by Joseph A. Hazani

Rabbit Hole is a meditation on grief. On how even if material abundance is present, even if there is the complete sense of contentment and freedom from the havoc that is wrought by an outside world, it is always hanging on a gently balance. Just as violently abruptly, this balance can become broken. How then, […]

4000 Miles @ Las Vegas Little Theatre

Posted on March 27th, 2017 by Joseph A. Hazani

How relationships change over time is a curious thing. What obligates us to keep in touch with those who were with us incidentally from the start of life? And what about those most intimately connected with us, our family? True, we can admit that all these (hopefully) warm interactions with others provide nutrition to a […]