Madagascar: Mysterious Drama from Road Theatre Company
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Featured review from Glenn G.
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I loved “Madagascar” (not about funny, furry, animated critters) at The Road Theatre, which is surely one of the finest small theaters in L.A. Not only is it a good production of quite a fine new play, but also the theater (building) itself is a more sophisticated space than most of our smaller theaters.
The play concerns difficult family relationships, and who can’t relate to that? You will laugh; you may cry; this viewer experienced several jarring shocks of recognition. And, all the while, you will be tested to reevaluate what you think you know about the characters and relationships. Sam Anderson (“Lost”) is quite affecting in a nuanced performance of a troubled man mixed up with a family he cannot fathom. Deana Barone does creditably in a difficult role as the least dominant character in several overlapping triangles. The revelatory performance, for me, was Taylor Gilbert, as a somewhat silly matriarch, who will delight you, when she doesn’t terrify you. Ms. Gilbert, long a mainstay of The Road, having starred in the company’s premiere (a raw and energized production of “Balm in Gilead” nearly 20 years ago), is surely on her way to being one of the grande dames of L.A. theater (if she isn’t already there).
The set and staging is simple and elegant. The lighting bathes the stage in a warm glow suggesting Italy, though there were a few lighting glitches in the preview I saw.
The play was written by JT Walsh, and it is playing in repertory with a revival of Walsh’s play “White People.”
Two women, one man. A hotel room in Rome. A disappearance. Nothing is what it seems. Dig deeper and solve the mystery of Madagascar.
Written by JT Rogers
Directed by Brendon Fox
Cast: Sam Anderson*, Deana Barone*, Taylor Gilbert*
* denotes member of Actors' Equity Association