Ionescopade Sets Absurdist Theater to Music in Lively Comic Revue
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The last date listed for Ionescopade was Sunday August 11, 2013 / 2:00pm.
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Chekhov meets Fellini in this enchanting tragicomedy brimming with wit, charm and magic by one of Poland's most distinguished modern playwrights. Set in Poland circa 1890, Tadeusz Rózewicz's White Marriage is a surreal and erotic coming-of-age fairy tale that follows two young girls' maturation into womanhood. With the adult world swirling around sisters Bianca and Pauline, the two respond in wildly different ways to the strange discoveries they are making about the mysterious business of sex. This magic-filled "tragic farce" by one of Poland's greatest contemporary writers was a hit for the Odyssey 35 years ago. Learn More
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Featured review from Robert B.Red Velvet
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The cast's energy & voices are very good. But this truly is the 'theater of the absurd, which was popular decades ago--some of the bantering dialogue is whimsical or even nonsensical, but that is the point of this type of show. It was great there is a free parking lot in front of the theater. Refreshments are inexpensive.
Quotes & Highlights
“Hilarious … a little naughty and very, very funny. A tour-de-force performance.” — Broadway World
“Juggles the comical and the catastrophic … witty … amusing, madcapped evening. Slam-bang entertainment.” — Los Angeles Times
“This is one of the most monstrously talented ensembles of actor/singer/dancers ever to grace any stage.” — Santa Monica Daily Press
“As a musical, this makes a smooth cocktail: fruity, yet dry, going down easy, yet with a kick and a buzz.” — The Hollywood Reporter
Sharp-edged and funny, Ionescopade presents a new look at the works of the prolific and influential absurdist playwright Eugene Ionesco, famous for his plays The Bald Soprano, Rhinoceros, The Chairs and Exit the King. Ionesco’s plays, playlets and poetry transport us into a zany musical vaudeville, where humor is the antidote to the world’s realities.
Inspired by the work of Eugène Ionesco
Music and Lyrics by Mildred Kayden
Original Concept by Robert Allan Ackerman
Directed and Choreographed by Bill Castellino
Musical Direction by Gerald Sternbach
Starring Alan Abelew, Andrew Ableson, Joey D’Auria, Cristina Gerla, Kelly Lester, Tom Lowe,Jennifer Malenke
Produced by Ron Sossi
Presented by the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Ron Sossi artistic director