Ionescopade Sets Absurdist Theater to Music in Lively Comic Revue
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Winner of the 1967 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance is a sharp, witty examination of a dysfunctional American family. Agnes and Tobias, a long-married suburban couple, find the delicate balance of their existence threatening to topple when they wind up with a house full of uninvited guests, including an alcoholic sister, an adult daughter fresh off her fourth marriage, and two lifelong friends seeking sanctuary from an unnamed terror. Pushed to their breaking point, the couple's many well-mannered and well-masked feelings finally erupt. Two-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Susan Sullivan (Castle) and David Selby (Dark Shadows) star in this searing work, directed by Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award winner Robin Larsen. 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