Beneath Her Feet: Drama Presents Day in the Life of Two L.A. Women
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Art, by provocative playwright Yasmina Reza (God of Carnage), focuses on three men whose 15-year friendship is tested when one of them buys an expensive modern painting that appears to be just a completely white canvas. They each have different reactions to the piece and differing opinions on art. As the argument moves from aesthetics to something deeper, this witty and insightful comedy explores the extent to which our identities are shaped by our social circle, and reveals how deep friendships can be shaken up by the most unexpected events. Art picked up a Tony Award for Best Play in 1998. Learn More
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Featured review from Cassandra
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I had a hard time with this one. Maybe because the writing is geared towards twenty-somethings who are still finding their way through life. The journey may be real, but don't make a play about it unless there's something poetic, new, or insightful to be expressed.
The lead actress, Rachel Noll, who played "Stacey" was very natural and easy to watch. There was sympathy for her situation and the universal theme of "fear of change". The other lead actress was obviously too young to be playing "29", and came off as whiny and self-indulgent. The playwright created her character as someone who became increasingly unlikeable.
A gem of a scene came just before the end of the play where we find "Stacey" and a stranger at a party unpeeling an "onion of truths" about life. Very nice.
Unfortunately, the play was too long by one scene. It should have ended there, but the playwright tried to wrap things up to the point where it felt like a morality play.
Some solid work by some of the cast, but I wouldn't recommend it.
<p>Above the Curve Theatre presents the world premiere of Beneath Her Feet by Laura Birek and Jason Matthews, directed by Erica Brauer.</p>
<p>Beneath Her Feet was conceived as a full-length play with local writers and first time collaborators, Birek and Matthews, writing alternating scenes about the same set of characters. The play follows Stacey and Ally, two young Angelenos desperately trying to keep a firm footing as their worlds shift and tumble around them. Stacey's story (written by Birek) intertwines with Ally's (written by Matthews) throughout the course of a not-so-typical Friday in Los Angeles. While Ally searches for a new job and new love, Stacey must confront her increasingly unstable status quo, and both women are faced with choices that can change everything—for better or for worse.</p>
<p>“It is a very real show, with which people will easily identify,” said Erica Brauer, director and president of Above the Curve Theatre, “ and it was exciting to work on a piece that reflects the unique styles of both its writers while also presenting a cohesive story.” </p>
<p>About Laura Birek
Laura Birek has a master's in professional writing from USC and is the author of the knitting book Picture Perfect Knits from Chronicle Books. </p> <p>About Jason Matthews
Jason Matthews is an accomplished playwright, blogger and wine enthusiast. He has a BA in Film Studies from UCSB, and a fantastic side-sweep hairdo.</p>
About the Ticket Supplier: Above the Curve Theatre
Above The Curve, founded May 2006, in Los Angeles, CA, is a women-driven, actor-derived, nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering female artists and strengthening our community.
Above The Curve Theatre provides a fun and safe environment for artists to cultivate new and current talents. All members are encouraged to write, act, produce and direct, and, while our primary creative outlet is the theatre, we encourage all of our members to explore every medium of the entertainment industry. Our goal is to develop versatile artists capable of creating more dynamic work for women and tackling the most challenging roles.
At the same time, Above The Curve Theatre strives to provide the community with professional productions held to the highest standards of excellence. Through the awesome power of the performing arts, the ensemble hopes to educate and entertain, but it does not stop there, members are also encouraged to give back to our community through group sponsored charity events and outreach programs.