The Rivals : A Playful Period Romance From The Actors' Gang
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The last date listed for The Rivals was Saturday November 17, 2012 / 8:00pm.
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Tim Robbins directs this Actors' Gang workshop of Shakespeare's magical comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream, adding original music and minimal costumes, props and scenery. This whimsical story of romance, mischief and magic follows four young lovers into the woods on a midsummer's night as they become the unwitting victims in a lover's quarrel between the king and queen of the faeries. When a group of local folk rehearsing a play in the forest also gets caught up in the madness, the comical snarl of spells seems impossible to sort out. But with fairies and sprites all around, it just takes a little more magic and, as Puck puts it, "all is mended." Learn More
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The play was well-acted and the set design and costumes were creative and fun. However the play felt overlong and the combination of the British accents with the complex language made it difficult to relax into effortless understanding. In the end it never really took off and made the leap from mildly amusing to full-on comic romp.
Also, though all the seats were good, the theater was freezing!
Swooning lovers, plucky maids, wily valets, irate guardians, and of course a duel or two: this is the world of Bath that leaps to sparkling life with matchless wit and lively invention in Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s playful romance, The Rivals, directed by Gang veteran director, David Schweizer.
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.