Review

Small Apartments
Is happiness a state of mind? Is it possible to overlook and blot out the grey in one’s life by imagining a happier place? Small Apartments paints a currently semi-depressed hermit in an otherwise ersatz dwelling unit, which is only speciously pleasant because of its abundance of sunshine. What lies within it are broken souls
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The Beaver
The Beaver
What happens when a man who is mentally ill and cannot take his medicine, either because it does not help or he thinks it does not help, instead turns toward a psychotic release through a beaver puppet? It is extremely curious how this plot line coincides with the theatrical production of Hand to God, and
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Rainbow Time
The family is the most atomic representation of existing and coexisting in a society. It resembles the balance of freedom and boundless action with the constraints of duty and obligation to others who help ameliorate one’s being. Obviously, this is not true universally; there is the unfortunate matter that a plurality of individuals grows as
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
What defines mental illness? If we said it was a state of lack of mental wellness, do we mean a mentality that makes behavior inoperable, or self-destructive and destructive of an external environment to include others? What is a mentality which is deviant yet not harmful? Does a mental illness simply refer to abnormal behavior,
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Manhattan Romance
Manhattan Romance does not know what it’s trying to be, and it’s fine with that. The ambiguity isn’t helped by the protagonist, a male filmmaker who has a pet documentary project whereby he interviews people to discover their loving relationships. What exactly is he trying to get out of it? He himself, after all, struggles
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Burn After Reading
The Coen Brothers suffer, if at all, from an abundance of wit, leading to, as in the instance of Burn After Reading, a fast-thrown dialogue onto the screen ridiculing the modern-day Rome on the Potomac. It’s put so poetically in the dark comedy by the protagonist Osbourne Cox: once the Cold War ended, the role
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Three Americans
https://www.bridge.productions/sue-danielson.html https://krabjabstudio.com/shop/patrick-mcgrath-muniz/ http://www.westoflenin.com/index.php http://www.artswest.org/ Out of the outrage of a president which one despises being elected, all across the country there is an artistic pang which has been swelling up to be released on the stage. This is quite a feat then, of three writers producing in just a few months meticulously crafted one-acts which
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Cannibals Alone @ Theatre Unleashed 2-20-17
  Is it better to suffer injustice or to commit it? The vigilante answers that, even if there is a risk of being an accomplice, it is better to enforce some notion of justice upon society, however corrupt it may be. There is something redeemable and salvageable which makes it worthwhile to erect a notion
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Grimly Handsome @ City Garage
  In a quick, spindle-wheel rotation of under 90 minutes in length, Grimly Handsome meanders its way through the epicenter of supposed contemporary Manhattan life, which is scintillated by aberrant human behaviors which generally are considered unethical. The double-edged sword of housing a pressure cooker of human originality, however authentic that reality is at least
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Hand to God Review @ Curious Theatre Company
There continues to be a fine line between being provocative for its very namesake, and being so which acts in an entirely subservient manner to the centrality of the plot. While Hand to God is better off than most in being so overtly flagrant in, if not stirring then, traumatizing the senses, it suffers from
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The Big Meal Review @ The new Century Theatre Company
This is a triumph in contemporary theatre. It strips away the vanities of staged productions; of manufactured choreography, and of banal dialogue that is trying to stretch an atom of an idea into a densely compact story. The rhythm of this exploration into the human life, in which every kind universally has been cast slings
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Assistance @ Shoe-box Theatre (Portland, Oregon)
Assistance is a small stage production trying to isolate and concentrate a more venomous side of the executive assistant tongue, most popularized by the film The Devil Wears Prada. While in that work there is a terrific exposition of one central character, and the actual humor in the incidental work where before she had no
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Beside You Jolene Lai Solo Exhibition at ThinkSpace Art Gallery
The ThinkSpace Gallery for me is beginning to develop a pattern of the style of artist they seek to shelter and showcase, and at the most basic is the artist who has become a master of technique. That is, the artist who is more than adept at painting a photorealistic artwork, where the abundant use
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PhotoLA @ REEF
The 26th edition of PhotoLA was eye opening. It was not the photography per se which made such an enchanting pass at originality and human creativity, though to be sure it was there in spades; it was the utter awakening, more epiphany, of being able to perceive what photography’s role is in human artistry. Perhaps
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Ocean Exhibit @ Beyond The Lines Gallery
There is some form of the sacred captured uniquely in an oceanic scenery. At the edge of the landed world, where there is nothing but a blue horizon yonder, where blue heaven and blue sky become uniform, one can have a mystical experience were it such a privileged resort. For those coastal residents who were
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Abe Begalin Solo Show
Abe Begalin took possession of half of an art gallery, filling that half with viscerally imposing, even daunting, monuments to an indeterminate scientific future. It is, in his own way, a contribution to science fiction which in itself is a categorization of the fantasizing of science, more or less. And with such fantasizing of science,
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The Seductive Line: Eroticism in the Early 20th Century Germany
Modern German artists, especially enveloped in the Weimar Republic, have an eerie perspective on the nature of humanity. As is demonstrated with these etchings, there is no longer a celebration or a humanism in representing mankind. Note how historically in the West, and recharged with the Renaissance, the anthropomorphic form was consistently utilized to imagine
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Islam Now, Part 2
While missing the first installment of this exposure to another perspective of the world, I was fortunate enough to find this one, albeit quaintly installed in a side corner of one of the Los Angeles County Museum’s building. There are two immediate invocations that are summoned when walking briskly through this. The first is the
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SOCKS by Eishi Takaoka @ G2 (Giant Robot) Gallery
I have spoken before about the need for the mastery of technique to be controlled and directed in a righteous manner; that the artist should not be mired and contented with their mastery of a craft. It is simply a higher form of onanism, then, which does not reveal anything spiritually significant to the audience
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Dark Stage @ Thinkspace Gallery
Can good, if not great, artistic technique be sufficient enough a measure for good art? Is such mastery of the most fastidious detail in visual representation not an astonishment in itself? This is the challenge prompted by the artist, Adam Caldwell, who is exhibiting works that are self-described as emulating Jacques-Louis David’s intentionally theatrical spacing
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Duchamp to Pop @ The Norton Simon Museum
Duchamp to Pop attempts to link the emergence of the Pop Art phenomenon to Marcel Duchamp, the undoubtedly pioneering French artist who fed off of a shock and awe campaign of altering the definition of art, away from a purely aesthetic effort. We might consider Duchamp then the originator of artistic expression that is not
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