As I Like It Makes Its West Coast Premiere at Macha Theatre
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The last date listed for As I Like It was Sunday January 15, 2012 / 3:00pm.
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Miguel is known around his high school for teasing gay students -- until his girlfriend gives him a gift that forever changes his life. The troubled teen sets out on an unexpected, and comedic, path to self-acceptance of his own sexuality. Tom Hartley's Shades won Macha Theatre's Emerging Playwright Competition and is directed by Odalys Nanin, the producing artistic director of Macha Theatre and recipient of a handful of honors, including three Drama-Logue Awards. Expect a few surprises, including male nudity. Learn More
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Featured review from Jeremy
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The best part of this experiment was the price of admission. I can best express my reaction in three words: WTF! It seems the production team was trying to enliven a rather dull script, which has no conflict, excitment,suspense, tension, drama, or plot, by employing bizarre wardrobe, weird furnishings such as a lounge chair made from antlers, a bright red divan(the lead actress enters and from a huge prop skull) and various oddly shaped and colored accessories.
This is esentially an autobiographical monologue, written by Amanda Eliasch, performed by the talented Elizabeth Karr, with some non-sequitur interruptions by two cast members. These include some excellent occasional classical piano playing by the author's son (a gifted if heavy-handed Charles Eliasch),tossed in for no apparent reason except possibly as diversion from the monologue. There's the inexplicable sudden appearance of Mr. Eliasch singing some operatic arias and duets with another fine singer who shows up in wardrobe identical to the blonde lead, but with dark hair,(?)(Lisa Zane). The music does nothing to drive the plot forward, but gives Ms. Karr some well-deserved breaks.
The cherubic Mr. Eliasch first enters wearing a brocaded long coat, ala Mozart or Ben Franklin, and an elaborately curled colonial-era pony tail, and pops in every few minutes carrying a tray, sometimes with a drink. He seems uncomfortable in his haughty posture.
Ms. Karr, dressed all in black in an outlandish puffed "balloon skirt," portrays the British author with charm ... and loses her English accent half-way through.
She reenters the skull to signal the end of the play.
According to the program notes, Ms. Eliasch trained in drama at the prestigious RADA for SEVEN YEARS. This begs the question, Why then didn't she portray herself in the play?
It just seems the whole contrivance is an attempt at avant garde theatrics. May be enjoyed as a theatrical oddity.
As I Like It originated from a request by Eliasch’s estranged father, noted Daily Mail foreign correspondent Anthony Cave Brown, for her to write a manuscript of 5,000 words by the end of the weekend. Eliasch, who was 22 when she met her father, took up the offer and purposefully decided to approach the project with brutal and unflinching honesty. Inspired by the work of Tracey Emin, her work was a portrayal of her life as she saw it.
The granddaughter of writer, producer and director Sidney Gilliat, Eliasch attended The Moscow Arts Theater and the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is fashion editor of Genlux Magazine and an in-demand photographer for Italian Vogue, L’uomo Vogue and Bambini Vogue.