The Grapes of Wrath from Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi
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It's alive! Mel Brooks reunited with the creative team behind The Producers for this theatrical reimagining of his classic movie comedy, resulting in yet another Broadway hit. The musical follows young Dr. Frankenstein (pronounced "Fronkensteen") as he tries to complete his grandfather's work and bring a corpse to life. He's aided by the hunchbacked, bulging-eyed Igor, his beautiful lab assistant, Inga, and the frightfully eccentric housekeeper Frau Blucher, along with a number of frightfully catchy tunes like "Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and "Puttin' on the Ritz." Learn More
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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.
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“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, The New York Times
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.