Back to Back Theatre's Ganesh Versus the Third Reich at UCLA
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Tarell Alvin McCraney's latest acclaimed play tracks the coming-of-age of a group of talented young African-American prep-school singers whose choral prowess is woven seamlessly into the story. Pharus, the undisputed superstar of the choir, is searching for the courage to let his true self shine through, in this work by MacArthur Fellowship-winner McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays), who's been called "without question, the hottest young playwright in America" (Chicago Tribune). The West Coast premiere reunites director Trip Cullman, star Jeremy Pope and several other cast members from its 2013 New York run. Learn More
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Featured review from Steve Friedman
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This not for everyone, but it is for theatreistas, like Tim Robbins, down two seats from me, and sort of for me. Totally inventive and unique, you root for the actors, and they come through. As the LA Times review indicated, there are many possible interpretive layers. For me the main thing was that it kept me on the edge of my seat, because there was no way to anticipate how it would unfold.
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"Ganesh vs 3rd Reich" was about 1/10th of the play.
The rest was "cajoling mentally handicapped men into being actors and writers". It was a bit of a stretch to say all the actors were handicapped, since most of the lines were read by their...continued
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“… courageous, confronting, intelligent and magisterially considered theatre. It doesn’t valorise imagination, but poses it as a tormenting problem… the towering achievement here is to stimulate discussion around issues of cultural appropriation, the rights and responsibilities of those who imagine and speak for others.” —The Age
“__The Guardian __(U.K.) recently ranked ":http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/ten-best-theatre-shows-of-2012Ganesh Versus the Third Reich as one of the Top Ten Best Theater Performances of 2012.
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Ganesh Versus the Third Reich has won the 2009 Kit Denton Fellowship for Courageous Writing, the 2011 Age Critics’ Award for best new Australia work at the Melbourne festival, three Green Room Awards for Best Ensemble Performance (Alternative & Hybrid Performance), Best Direction (Theatre), and Best Production (Theatre) and the 2012 Helpmann Award for Best Play.
Patrons are advised that the performance of Ganesh Versus the Third Reich contains coarse language, adult themes and portrayal of Lord Ganesh which some may find troubling. The production is a work of fiction and does not purport to be an accurate representation of historical fact or scripture.