Venue Details

154 Star Starred
STAGEStheatre
400 E. Commonwealth A Fullerton, CA 92832
714-525-4484
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SuzieQ
Casual
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SuzieQ
Parking right out front
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SuzieQ
Sodas and candy
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SuzieQ
Tickets are also available at www.stagesoc.org
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Mike Martin
Very nice and clean theater!
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Dress warmly. It was cool outside, and the AC was on inside.
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Reviews & Ratings

23 ratings
4.7 average rating
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30 events
28 reviews
31 stars
attended Apr 20 2012

Heartbreaking and breathtaking! These five women (and one excellent dude) turn in AMAZING performances. The direction was spot on, and the whole look of the production... continued

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22 reviews
8 stars
attended May 05 2012

An interesting play about the price you pay for survival. Five women from varying backgrounds share their stories of forced prostitution during WWII. Based on actual... continued

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9 reviews
7 stars
attended Apr 21 2012

The actors in this show are brilliant. If you are an actress yourself you need to see this show just so you can learn from the cast, they were quite impressive! The only... continued

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Website

http://www.stagesoc.org

Quotes & Highlights

“Martin’s casting and direction, and the fine work of his actors, cement the text’s qualities while delivering several quietly powerful performances as each firsthand narrative finds its own pulse and individualized path. The characters depicted in “Unrelenting Relaxation” are composites of dozens of actual women. It’s a testament to DeMaio’s creativity, imagination and playwriting skills that we emerge from STAGEStheatre feeling that we’ve just been privileged to share the terrible yet unforgettable experiences of five remarkable, and remarkably enduring, personalities." —Orange County Register
“Five European women talk about their childhoods, their families, their dreams and pursuits—music, dance, medical studies—and ultimately their shattered lives in intersecting monologues, in a postwar setting, “theatre of testimony” style. They are beautifully understated in their impeccably-accented portrayals, in a stunning display of ensemble acting. Mike Martin’s sharp-eyed direction serves DeMaio’s carefully structured and nuanced script as well as can be imagined. It’s a stellar production.” —Examiner.com
“The actresses putting a human face to the horror are so convincing that the production often feels like a docudrama. Arlyn McDonald, as the Polish piano prodigy Dorothy Rothschild, delivers a nuanced performance of suppressed fury that simply stuns. Nancy Tyler’s English military wife, Elizabeth Serra’s Danish medical student, Jill Cary Martin’s Finnish housewife and Jennifer Pearce’s Parisian ballerina are equally deserving of praise, with the entire cast pulling off pitch-perfect accents. Director Mike Martin moves the women around just enough to offer some optical exercise.” —OC Weekly
“The jumping and interplay of stories between the five characters and the interviewer is a great device because it keeps you mentally in the story. It’s not a dialogue… its a quintalogue, so to speak, used to great effect. All the actresses (Arlyn McDonald, Elizabeth Serra, Nancy Tyler, Jill Cary Martin, and Jennifer Pearce) are wonderful. The performances are memorable and will stick with you.” —The Daily Bosco
“[The cast is] beautifully understated in their impeccably-accented portrayals, in a stunning display of ensemble acting. Mike Martin’s sharp-eyed direction serves DeMaio’s carefully structured and nuanced script as well as can be imagined. It’s a stellar production.” —examiner.com

Description

Unrelenting Relaxation features the talents of Arlyn McDonald, Elizabeth Serra, Nancy Tyler, Jill Cary Martin, Jennifer Pearce, Patti Cumby and Nicholas Thurkettle.

About the Ticket Supplier: STAGEStheatre

STAGEStheatre is an entity that is constantly evolving in order to provide actors, directors, writers, designers, and artists with a creative environment that offers an eclectic and challenging variety of theatrical opportunities at all "stages" of the process. STAGEStheatre presents every form of theatrical literature, from the classics to world premieres. STAGEStheatre endeavors to merge each literary work with the highest production values and the most passionate performances possible.