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Lex Theatre
At N McCadden Pl 6760 Lexington Ave. Hollywood, CA 90093
323-871-1150
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attended Jun 03 2011

I loved this play!! I am a huge fan of anything Lanford Wilson does, and have seen the previous shows about the Talley family. This is right up there with the others, and can't recommend it highly enough. Great scenic design, a lot done in a...continued

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Fifth of July is part of the Talley Trilogy of plays, all revolving around the Talley family of Lebanon, Missouri. The other plays are Talley’s Folly and Talley & Son.

Description

Directed by August Viverito

Both surprisingly timely and entertaining, critics have hailed Fifth of July as “a major work by one of the theater’s most important and celebrated writers, …alternately funny and moving.”

Set in 1977, the story deals with a group of old friends and the changes that have occurred in their lives and attitudes in the years since they were antiwar activists in Berkeley. Ken lost his legs in Vietnam and is now considering abandoning his house, his career as a teacher and possibly his devoted lover, Jed Jenkins, for a life of isolating travel. Ken’s sister, June Talley, has arrived in a state of high defensiveness, while heiress and aspiring rock star Gwen and her husband/manager, John Landis, simply seem high. Then there’s Weston Hurley, the spacey, childlike composer, as well as Sally Friedman, Ken’s aunt, and Shirley Talley, June’s daughter, who respectively embody the foibles of advancing age and narcissistic youth. They have ostensibly gathered at Ken’s rambling family homestead in Lebanon, Mo., for the Fourth of July, but as the play hurtles forward, questions about motives start to arise.

As the night of the 4th segues into the morning of the 5th, with the attendant physical and psychic hangovers, Lanford Wilson achieves a telling, rhythmic pattern of the stings and comforts exchanged by people of long acquaintance and the ways in which they do and do not know one another. Even among friends, manners and postures are worn protectively, from Ken’s hard-won flippancy to John’s jocular bonhomie.

When the masks start to slip, as masks will when people share a space for too long, emotional fireworks follow. Like all the best playwrights, Wilson also hears what’s unspoken. This production invites you to listen to the sounds beneath the fury of its combustible characters.

About the Ticket Supplier: The Production Company-LA

Co-Founders August Viverito and Gregory Blair concieved The Production Company to be dedicated single-mindedly to creating the highest caliber productions without encumbrances often found in the many more typical membership companies in Los Angeles. After serving on the Executive Board of one company and as Artistic Director for another, Viverito recognized that production quality was regularly forced to be less than optimal as resources often were drawn too thin by trying to offer classes, showcases, second-tier shows and the like. "Our shows will be the showcases, and our actors, writers and designers are expected to hone their crafts both within and outside the company. Our people will be kept busy producing.."