Machinal: 1920s Expressionist Drama Depicts Real-Life Murderess
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Very interesting play, both for historical reasons (1st performed 1928), artistic reasons (remarkable expressionist play on social theme), and entertainment reasons (good production). The performance wasn't flawless, but most of the actors did quite well. The lead (Charlotte Chanler), her character's husband (Arthur Hanket), and her lover (Dylan Maddalena) were strong, and some of the supporting cast were compelling (Rebecca Rosenak Phelps and Elizabeth Greer, notably). Small theater, all seats good; parked on street across from theater. Nice exhibit in the lobby about the playwright, who deserves to be better known (Sophie Treadwell).
One of the great masterpieces of the American Theatre, Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal explores with frightening intensity the American of the 1920s – and the nightmare nexus of capitalism, sexism and violence in an increasingly mechanized and dehumanizing society. Inspired by the"crime of the century" – the 1927 murder trial of Ruth Synder and Jud Grey – the play burst upon the Broadway stage with incandescent originality – and remains today as fresh and fearsome a look at modern life as it was then. The Open Fist Theatre is proud to present the Los Angeles premiere of this stunning and unforgettable work, by one of the country’s most important playwrights.
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