The Grapes of Wrath from Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi
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Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks movie, Shrek the Musical brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to life on the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center stage. This fun family musical tells the story of a green swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess and learns that real friendship and true love aren't found only in fairy tales. Learn More
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Featured review from Jim
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A moving and wonderful story of the human spirit, based on the great novel by John Steinbeck. The cast is extremely talented. Four live musicians accompany the many scene changes. The use of the sets (e.g. building the family's old truck out of set pieces) was extremely clever.
Quotes & Highlights
- "Majestic...leaves one feeling that the generosity of spirit Steinbeck saw in a brutal country is not so much lost as waiting once more to be found." -- Frank Rich, <em>The New York Times</em>
Adapted for the stage by Frank Galati, The Grapes of Wrath premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, and later transferred to the West End and Broadway. There it was nominated for eight Tony Awards, winning two for Best Direction and Best Play. Known for his sympathetic humor and keen social perception, John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath in 1939 after seeing the devastation that blanked the country during the Great Depression. The novel won him the Pulitzer Prize in 1940 and was a cornerstone to the Nobel Prize in Literature he was awarded in 1962.
Despite the anguish and suffering which it depicts, the play becomes in the final essence a soaring and deeply moving affirmation of the indomitability of the human spirit, and of the essential goodness and strength which -- then as now -- resides in the hearts and minds of the "common man," throughout the world.