The Birthday Boys: Aaron Kozak's Gritty Dark Comedy from Theatre Unleashed
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Set in a post-apocalyptic war society, this daring adaptation of William Shakespeare's Othello features radical cuts and mildly modernized language to tell the story of the noble Moor. Ghost Players Theatre's version maintains the wonderfully poetic rhythm, blatant thuggery and deceitful deeds of the original as Othello's life and marriage topple at the hands of his trusted advisor. One of the most compelling villains ever written, Iago draws Othello and the audience into his spider's web of half-truths. Horrified and enthralled, you can't help but be fascinated by him, even as he transforms love into hate and happiness into misery. Learn More
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Featured review from My-Hoang Moreno
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Birthday Boys is amazing! I've been recommending people to see it all weekend. There isn't a moment during the play where you're not laughing or on the edge of your seat waiting to see what's next for the boys. This play is one I won't soon forget.
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Difficult to see what was happening for the first 10 minutes unless you are sitting in the first couple of rows as actors spend most of their time on the floor. Did not really feel like the actors were acting more like reciting lines from memory....continued
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“Director Jacob Smith’s spot-on timing effectively modulates transitions from lighter discussions of women and home lives to darker topics such as war and impending doom. Fitzgerald, as the most intense and combative of the three, genuinely makes us dislike him at times; Martyka, though quiet for long spells, believably exudes shame for attempting to abandon his brothers; Crafts, as the most mature and levelheaded of the men, pleasantly subverts the stereotypical Marine. And to top it all off, there’s an unexpected twist that takes the comedy to a whole new level.” —LA Weekly (GO!)
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To honor the military, Theatre Unleashed invites all active and former military personnel to see the show for free and will donate a portion of ticket sales to the Intrepid Fallen Hero Fund.
“Theatre Unleashed has delivered yet another show chock full of great performances. Principals Gregory Crafts, Sean Fitzgerald and Jim Martyka sustain an impressive level of tension through the better part of the show. Director Jacob Smith skillfully modulates the piece’s tensions and eruption, the humor and the quiet reflections. Well done.” —LA Splash
“_The Birthday Boys is a high-tension, clock-ticking-away dramatic thriller with an ending that (like it or not) you’ll never guess." – LAist.com
The Birthday Boys
by Aaron Kozak
Directed by Jacob Smith
Set in 2006 Iraq, The Birthday Boys is a gritty and terrifying dark comedy that tracks three United States Marines who have been taken hostage, bound and blindfolded, as they do whatever’s necessary to keep their sanity and stay alive. The show, which earned rave reviews from critics and patrons alike, took top honors at the 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival, winning Best World Premiere, because of its clever dialogue, attention to authentic detail and the unique presentation of the three main actors spending a majority of the play bound and blindfolded.