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Kirk Douglas Theatre
W. Washington Blvd. at Duquesne Ave. 9820 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232
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"American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose"
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4.8 average rating
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3 reviews
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attended Mar 20 2012

Although it started off slow, it is a fast paced hilarious romp through American history. Zany at times. Terrific production values and cast.

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“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.

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