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Mandell Weiss Forum
2910 La Jolla Village Dr. La Jolla, CA 92037
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drinks were allowed in the theater, but not food.
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1h40 of performance! Be aware of that!
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4.6 average rating
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8 reviews
8 stars
attended Jun 23 2009

We enjoyed the play. It is a character study and well written and acted.

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5 reviews
31 stars
attended Jun 25 2009

This play starts out slow and builds up to a fascinating look at ideas of inner and outer beauty, the way we support each other in love and life, and, of course, a tribute to the beautiful David by Michelangelo. This was my first time at the...continued

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65 stars
attended Jun 24 2009

Although we saw this in preview and the play continues to develop (and your feedback can be part of this process during this period), the bones of a superb production are there: acting, sets, script. Claudia Shear, who both writes and stars, was...continued

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Written by and starring Claudia Shear

Directed by Christopher Ashley

Once a rising star in the exclusive art restoration world, Giulia burned all her bridges and now works alone in her refurbished Brooklyn garage…until opportunity comes knocking. When Giulia snares the coveted job to spend a year in Florence restoring Michelangelo’s David, she soon becomes consumed by love for the marble giant. As her obsession with the David grows, she resists joining the vibrant life around her, despite the repeated encouragement of the museum’s security guard Max. Torn between the eternal perfection of the statue and the delightful messiness of real life, Giulia must decide if she has what it takes to live outside the clean, anonymous safety of the museum.

Inspired by the actual restoration performed by one woman on the _David _in 2004 — in preparation for his 500th birthday — acclaimed playwright/actress Claudia Shear delivers a passionate, funny and inspired portrait of a woman who spends a year in the shadow of a masterpiece — and uncovers herself.

_Restoration _is an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Awards winner.