Archive for the ‘Theatre’ Category

A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney by Lucas Hnath @ Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Posted on April 30th, 2022 by Joseph A. Hazani

In an irreverent and highly conceptualized play, A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney by Lucas Hnath and Directed by Peter Richards at Odyssey Theatre Ensemble helps bring us into the imaginary world of a man whose imagination is his dominion. It is in the exercise of his imaginary […]

‘Endgame’ by Samuel Beckett & Directed by Frédérique Michel @ City Garage Theatre

Posted on March 23rd, 2022 by Joseph A. Hazani

In a wild and dreamy tension between the occupation of the real-world with other human life in it and our private inner-life, Endgame by Mr. Samuel Beckett portrays a meditation on what plays a more significant role in our very own humanity? Prima facie, the world which involves conducting ourselves appropriately with others is necessary, […]

‘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 […]

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