Taking Over, the Acclaimed Solo Show at Kirk Douglas TheatreKirk Douglas Theatre, W. Washington Blvd at Duquesne Ave (9820 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232)
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The last date listed for Taking Over was Saturday February 21, 2009 / 8:00pm.
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Center Theatre Group presents the world premiere of Marco Ramirez's The Royale at L.A.'s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Boxer Jay "The Sport" Jackson wants a shot at the world title. Trouble is, he's living in a time when blacks and whites did not face off in the ring. But he's out to win at any cost, no matter what the consequences. So he comes out swinging, slinging words in a spectacular barrage of rhythm and heat, language and adrenaline, sinew and swagger. The question is, will he -- and those he loves -- be strong enough to handle the responsibility that comes with the recognition from this unprecedented undertaking? With muscular storytelling, syncopated dialogue and emotional right hooks, you'll feel like you're sitting ringside. Learn More
Goldstar Member Tips
John F. Beckmann on Information
Free parking in the WaMu lot across the street. DIdn't get towed so I think it's ok.
John F. Beckmann on Information
Recommend Fraiche restuaraunt, 3 blocks from theatre at 9411 Culver Blvd.
Jonno on Information
Bar in the lobby seres beer, wine and mixed drinks. But be aware there is no intermission
6 Goldstar Member Reviews
Written on Feb 20 2009
Mr. Hoch tells of the displacement, anger and "colonization" of our inner cities with his humorous, biting and knee-slapping writing.
He effortlessly weaves through characters as one would weave a blanket warming us with humor so real, it hurts.
Do yourself a favor and check him out while you still can.
Written on Feb 16 2009
Written on Feb 11 2009
What a great, thought-provoking show. A quick 90 minutes or so with no intermission, Danny Hoch portrays several vivid characters from the neighborhood he grew up in, affected by gentrification of a previously run-down and troubled neighborhood into a yuppie paradise where a cup of coffee now costs 5 bucks and the neighborhood bodegas are quickly replaced by Whole Foods markets and the like. How will the population that lived there for generations continue to be able to afford to remain in the neighborhoods that were shaped by the ethnic and cultural flavors that they brought to them? There are no easy answers, and this play does not offer any, just a light to shine on an issue that no one wants to talk about. I have seen it twice, and discovered new things within it each time. The Kirk Douglas is quickly becoming one of may new favorite theaters in Los Angeles. Their recent production of "The Little Dog Laughed" was a highlight last year. There is not a bad seat in the house, and the house staff is wonderful. Do not miss this opportunity to see Danny and his play.
Written on Feb 02 2009
The play is powerful and well-written; the performance is excellent. My understanding of the feelings of the residents as they experienced gentrification of their neighborhood is better than it was before, but the perspectives of the newcomers were well defined too. I wish that the house had been full instead of half empty, but it WAS Super Bowl Sunday.
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- "Hard-hitting, riveting, gritty and irresistible." --San Francisco Chronicle
- "The extravagantly talented Mr. Hoch...has been channeling restless souls... [he's] a specialist in placing invisible people in the line of vision of folks who might otherwise never see them." --New York Times
- "In Taking Over, the godfather of hip-hop theater addresses his considerable theatrical gifts to the problem of gentrification, which the fourth-generation New Yorker takes very personally." --Variety
Danny Hoch is an actor, playwright and director whose plays Pot Melting, Some People, and Jails, Hospitals, Hip-Hop have garnered many awards including 2 OBIES, an NEA Solo Theatre Fellowship, Sundance Writers Fellowship, CalArts/Alpert Award In Theatre and a Tennessee Williams Fellowship. His theatre work has toured to 50 U.S. cities and 15 countries. He is a Senior Fellow at the New School’s Vera List Center For Art & Politics and his writings on hip-hop, race and class have appeared in The Village Voice, New York Times, Harper's, The Nation, American Theatre, and various books: Out Of Character, Extreme Exposure, Creating Your Own Monologue and Total Chaos. His book Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop
His writing and acting credits for television and film include Bamboozled, Washington Heights, Prison Song, Some People, Subway Stories, Thin Red Line, Whiteboys, Blackhawk Down, American Splendor, War Of The Worlds, Lucky You, HBO Def Poetry and the film version of Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop. Most recently he appears alongside Joaquin Phoenix, Robert Duvall and Eva Mendes in We Own The Night.
Mr. Hoch founded the Hip-Hop Theater Festival in 2000 which has since presented over 100 Hip-Hop Generation plays from around the globe and now appears annually in New York, Chicago, DC and San Francisco/Oakland. He directed Will Power's hit show Flow at New York Theatre Workshop, as well as the bilingual RepresentaTill The Break Of Dawn at New York’s Abrons Arts Center in 2007. He was the 2007 Sundance Theatre Lab’s Playwright-In-Residence and was awarded a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship for Drama. His new play Taking Over, about gentrification will open at New York City’s Public Theater in November 2008. is in its second printing by Villard Books/Random House. at the the SFIAF, and his own