Taking Over, the Acclaimed Solo Show at Kirk Douglas Theatre
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Featured review from JonnoRed Velvet
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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.
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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 _Representa__Till 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