The Conduct of Life: A Chilling Tale of Torture and Love
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The last date listed for The Conduct of Life was Sunday August 17, 2014 / 5:00pm.
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Australian playwright Andrew Bovell's award-winning drama comes to City Garage. When the Rain Stops Falling kicks off with a young man seeking out his long-lost father, banished by his mother for reasons never explained. But those past misdeeds begin to reverberate and repeat through four generations of two devastated families, as the story tracks them through several places and jumps back and forth in time from 1959 to 2039. This emotionally intense play was first produced in the playwright's Australian homeland before premiering in New York and Chicago. Learn More
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The intense physical dedication of the male lead is impressive and juicy There are comic relief moments, but this is an exploration of the impact of government-sponsored covert (and not) violence on a wide circle of people related to the...continued
Quotes & Highlights
- “A compact but brutal tour de force about the human capacity for violence, Maria Irene Fornes’ 1985 Obie Award–winning play The Conduct of Life has a timeless relevance.” — Mayank Keshaviah, LA Weekly
- “Although this sounds like a difficult play to watch, Frédérique Michel’s directing talent and creative eye made it mesmerizing and easy to watch. The acting is superb. Besides being well done and beautifully written, I think this is a socially valuable play to see.” —Rose Desana, The Los Angeles Post
- “… a ferocious rendering in director Frederique Michel’s fitfully stylized staging. The production to its credit is undeniably chilling, with the work’s omnipresent tone of dread rendered with feverish skill.” —Paul Birchall, Stage Raw
- “This challenging feminist critique of annihilating machismo benefits from the sturdy, subtle subtext supplied by an alert and mature company. … Michel and her troupe elicit complexity in suggesting both motivation and culpability.” —Myron Meisel, The Hollywood Reporter
This show contains adult themes and situations. It is recommended for mature audiences.