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VA West Los Angeles Healthcare Center Campus
The Japanese Garden 11301 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90073
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64 events
30 reviews
7 stars
next time we will pack a picnic, plenty of tables and grassy areas. very pretty wild park
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"As You Like It"
78 ratings
4.4 average rating
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35 events
11 reviews
4 stars
attended Jul 28 2012

Terrible play. I walked out on it. It would have been nice if they presented it in the classic, traditional way.

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17 events
7 reviews
3 stars
attended Jul 15 2012

Beautiful outdoor setting (gets chilly, so bring a jacket) at the Veterans Garden. The young cast is excellent, delivering Shakespeare with clarity and wonderful energy. John Lavelle is a marvel of physical comedy and hilarity. This is a...continued

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13 events
5 reviews
3 stars
attended Jul 18 2012

Diane Verone is a wonderful actress and so much fun to watch!

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All photos by Ed Krieger.

The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, Ben Donenberg, Artistic Director, by special arrangement with the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System presents As You Like It.

Director Kenn Sabberton has set the play in present day Los Angeles, where Shakespeare’s court is likened to the corridors of governmental and corporate power and financial influence, and where the events of the day have brought about a sorry and sour state of affairs, stemming from family strife and political maneuverings among the characters.  

Since this is Shakespeare, after all, the characters repair to the forest. The Forest of Arden has become the local rural orange groves, adjacent farmland, and Angeles Crest Forest campgrounds where the characters gather to sing, dance, fall in love, and discuss what is truly important for their own health and the health of mankind – as many Angelinos who regularly enjoy the natural settings that are easily accessible to all who live here.  “In Shakespeare, as in life, there is a restorative power of nature and in art, creating music, dance and song, as a healing force,” said Sabberton.  “It is the transformative Shakespearean experience that an audience can enjoy – as audiences have for hundreds of years – under the moon and the stars.”  

The production features original music by Brian Joseph, who wrote original music for the Shakespeare Center’s 2010 production of “Much Ado About Nothing,” featuring Lyle Lovett and Helen Hunt.  The scenery is by Gary Wissmann, costumes by Holly Poe Durbin, and the lighting by Trevor Norton.