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The Actors' Gang at Ivy Substation
at Culver Blvd. 9070 Venice Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232
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EXPO line is across the street-plentiful parking at the City structure across the street is $1
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193 reviews
18 stars
attended Jul 28 2011

Too slow and too long for its content. The subject matter is interesting but none of the actors are truly convincing in their roles and the cops were not good. Young bobby and mom were o.k. and first girlfriend but not great.

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31 stars
attended Jul 29 2011

The play was pretty interesting and I particularly like the Argentine girl who first thought to turn Bobby Fischer into a human. The space is not particular suitable for small theatre, but it worked in the end.

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30 stars
attended Aug 04 2011

Too much yelling. One note repeated and repeated. We left after intermission.

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In 1960, young chess phenomenon Bobby Fischer travels to Buenos Aires to compete in a tournament. There Fischer becomes intimate with a woman for the first time, thrusting the genius into a new realm where the body triumphs over the mind. Fischer must battle for control or face the destruction of his life’s ambition.

After achieving the title of World Champion in 1972, Fischer disappears from professional chess. From rich and admired to homeless and jailed, he succumbs to paranoia. He finds salvation in a Hungarian girl, the only one who can lure him back into the spotlight.

Says playwright, Lolly Ward, “Many people know a little something about Bobby Fischer but not the range of his life. I found his story fascinating – boy genius to World Champion to living in a flophouse. He was a public face of American dominance in the Cold War era, but he had many private battles with his mother and other women. I wanted to explore how he played chess to the exclusion of almost everything else. Fischer refused to date women until he became World Champion. After winning the title, he began dating and never played professional chess again. The skills that made him better than anyone – suspicion, the will to attack and destroy, the ability to shut out the rest of the world – made life off the board almost too difficult to bear.”

Also of interest is Fischer’s relationship with his mother. Ward continues, “Fischer’s mother constantly questioned his devotion to chess, wanting him to be normal, happy, and financially secure. Where is a parent’s place in raising a child, in guiding and celebrating him for who he is?”

About the Ticket Supplier: Actors' Gang

The Actors’ Gang is one of Los Angeles’ most enduring theatre ensembles. Founded in 1981 by a group of renegade theatre artists, the Gang’s mission is to create bold, original works for the stage and daring reinterpretations of the classics. Our work is raw, immediate, socially minded, and crafted with the highest artistic standards.

Over the course of our first 20 years we have produced 68 plays and won over 100 awards, winning acclaim for our interpretations of Shakespeare, Bruchner, Brecht, Moliere, Aeschylus, Ibsen and Chekhov, while developing in workshop new plays that address the world today through a prism of satire, popular culture and raucous stagecraft.

Through co-productions, The Actors’ Gang presented the West Coast Premiere of Eric Bogosian’s “Suburbia” with the Namaste Theatre Company, Roger Guenver Smith’s “A Huey P. Newton Story,” Danny Hoch’s “Jails, Hospitals, Hip Hop” with Center Theatre Group, and “Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella” with The Cornerstone Theatre Company. The Actors’ Gang has toured with productions as the US representative at the Edinburgh Festival and to New York’s Public Theatre with “Carnage, A Comedy”; with “The Imaginary Invalid” to the Rushmore Festival in New York, and in 2001 saw “Bat Boy, A Musical,” developed at the Actors’ Gang, won the Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics award for best new musical Off-Broadway in New York.