Closet Land: Psychological Thriller Based on 1991 Film
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The last date listed for Closet Land was Saturday July 23, 2011 / 8:00pm.
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Featured review from TiffanyGrace
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Ok, so here it goes. The venue is freaking adorable if you like small local theater, which I do. The play was a little graphic and dark for my taste, but I didn't let that affect the review because I think people would really enjoy NoHo stages no matter what they see. You really get to be so close and personal with the stage and performers. They used a really cool collaboration with the lights and the music in this play. I wish they would have done a little more of that through out. The reason I found the rest of the play to be dark was because from the description I got the impression it was going to be more of a "who done it" kind of thing, but I think there should be more warning that it contains lots of sexual aggressive behavior. (sexual assault, talk of molestation) Not to be a spoil alert or anything, but I feel like some might want to be prepared. Anyway, all in all, I'd suggest it!!
Quotes & Highlights
- Visit Closet Land playwright Radha Bharadwaj's website.
- "Radha Bharadwaj's film about psychological and physical torture translates frighteningly to the small theater setting ... Wayne Stribling Jr and Victoria Rabitcheff navigate the treacherous torrents of physical and emotional pain in the characters of ruthless inquisitor and bewildered suspect ... Director John McCormick skillfully keeps the tension rising relentlessly ... Sound design is in perfect sync with this emotional odyssey, lighting [is] extraordinary." --LA Weekly (Go!)
- "An intense and intimate tale of physical and psychological torture that is indeed horrifying ... creepily fascinating ... worth watching." --Back Stage
- “Intense… powerfully directed… a frighteningly dark story. Rabitcheff is a pleasure to watch as her character morphs from first strong, scared and innocent, to tortured and desperate — then defiant. Right alongside her, Stribling is a master of manipulation, effectively utilizing multiple voices and body characteristics to bring to life various characters in the woman’s mind.” --Tolucan Times
- "A dark, suspenseful, twisted tale of mystery and horror. Rabitcheff makes the story totally believable and real. Stribling Jr. played the corrupt and soulless official we universally despise [and] nailed it! Both performances were spot on! Has everything a mystery-thriller needs: suspense, loathing of authority, sweaty, uncomfortable, repetitive questioning, even torture ... it leaves you squirming in your chair. Don't miss this cool psycho-drama." --NoHo ArtsDistrict.com
- "An intimate journey into nightmare .... Stribling is uncannily convincing with his multifaceted Man, while Rabitcheff is deeply affecting [as The Woman] .... Closet Land challenges us with the idea that if you seek to exorcise your demons, your demons fight back .... For a riveting evening of provocative intellectual horror, visit Closet Land with the Visceral Company." --CreepyLA.com
The Visceral Company is proud to present Closet Land, Radha Bharadwaj’s intense psychological thriller of people trapped within the games governments play. Closet Land was adapted by the playwright from her critically acclaimed 1991 film starring Madeleine Stowe and Alan Rickman.
In an unnamed country, at an unknown time, a man claiming to be a government investigator relentlessly interrogates a young woman who writes children’s books. She has been accused of embedding subversive anti-government messages in her latest book, Closet Land, but she claims that it is merely a simple children’s story and nothing more. The agent probes deeper and deeper with his questioning, menacing one moment and deceptively charming the next, even as the author continues to maintain her innocence. Ultimately, he reveals that he will stop at nothing, and his methods to force her confession that she is an enemy of the state grow more ruthless and brutal. As interrogation turns to torture both physical and psychological, she draws on the fantasy world of her childhood, where imaginary animal characters enabled her to cope with an eerily similar situation from her past.