American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose: Fast-Paced Historical Comedy
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The last date listed for American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose was Thursday March 22, 2012 / 8:00pm.
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This is an energetic, humorous account of the struggles of an Everyman of sorts, an immigrant trying to find a home for himself in the United States while haunted by the home he left behind in Mexico. You will encounter a live history lesson with famous characters like Jackie Robinson, and those less known, those left out of the history books. You will laugh and cry and get angry and see the value of the arts in addressing significant cultural crises. This is theater like many have never seen before - the sets, costumes, music, dialogue are reminiscent of predecessors such as El Teatro Campesino and at the same time unique.
Quotes & Highlights
“Speak softly and carry a big schtick: that’s the guiding principle of American Night: The Ballad of Juan José, Richard Montoya’s fast-paced fantasia on U.S. history, now running rampant at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Developed in collaboration with Culture Clash, the gleeful Night uses sketch comedy, song and a dizzying number of wigs to survey the glories and pratfalls of the American Dream.”—Los Angeles Times
“Humanizing… irrepressible… upbeat. Its central narrative is so humanizing, its wit is so irrepressible and its ending is so upbeat that it qualifies as a genuine feel-good play.”—LA Stage Times
“The goofy…bitingly sardonic vaudevillian set pieces are enacted by a crackerjack ensemble cast.”—Backstage
A fractured American history lesson bends the truth, boosts the laughs and breaks your heart. Time is running short. Juan Jose is frantically cramming for the U.S. Citizenship exam. Over the course of one magical night he receives some hysterical help from a rogue’s gallery of American luminaries like Teddy Roosevelt, Sacagawea, Jackie Robinson and Bob Dylan. The nation’s premiere Chicano-Latino performance troupe, Culture Clash _(Chavez Ravine; Water & Power; Aristophanes’ Peace) are like mambo-infused Marx Brothers. With American Night, _they turn theatre – and history – on its ear.
The Lounge at Kirk Douglas Theatre opens one hour before show time, serving drinks and eats from Culver City’s culinary stars. Step into the Lounge after the show to hear the resident DJs spin the coolest grooves and join the cast and crew for cocktails and conversation. When the applause dies down, your night continues at Culver City’s hottest late-night spot. Open late nights Fri-Sat.