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On the corner of Santa Monica and El Centro 6201 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038
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5 stars
attended Aug 26 2011

Dysnomia is a family dramedy that feels very real and hits the heart on several levels. There's no good guy, no bad guy. Just a family trying to cope with the fact that the wife/mother realizes she is gay.

The play is very well written and...continued

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Excellent casts, set, story, and directing. Bravo

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attended Aug 20 2011

Well written and acted. Definately worth a trip to the theater for.

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_Dysnomia is Ovation Recommended!
" A script that strikes just the right balance between darkness and light, and is also refreshingly forthright. Cast performances are equally fine under Anthony Frisina’s direction."** **—_LA Weekly
“Fresh and invigorating. Director Anthony Frisina elicits sensitive work from a finely calibrated ensemble.” —_Backstage (Critic’s Pick!) _
“Playwright Marja Lewis-Ryan demonstrates great acuity…portrayed with lump in the throat believability.” —Los Angeles Times
“It grabs you by the throat and shakes you furiously refusing to let go until the very last word is uttered.” — (Pick of the Week)
“A wonderfully rich script that plays with great authenticity … Enthralling performances, which are both engaging and vulnerable, easily leading this ensemble through in an elegant, sensitive piece.” —



by Marja-Lewis Ryan

Directed by Anthony Frisina

Meet the Wentworth Family:

Mary, a suburban working mother who likes her husband, but hates his hands, loves her kids, but recognizes that her parenting skills are amiss, and doesn’t have a word for how she’s been feeling lately; Henry, a straight laced, workaholic type who insists that a book club could breathe some new life into his wife’s routine; John, a fifteen year old who is best known for his delinquent antics at school, including the time he got suspended for jumping out of the first floor window during math class; Jodi, the self-described perfect child.

Meet the Flynn Family:

Carol, a wine-guzzling trophy wife on a permanent vacation, who constantly (despite any evidence whatsoever) thinks that her husband has been unfaithful; Scott, a simple, dry humored roll-with-the-punches type; Samantha, Scott’s daughter from his first marriage, a 22-year-old at Smith college who is as comfortable with herself as the adults ought to be.

_Dysnomia _chronicles the chaos that ensues when Mary Wentworth finally finds the word that describes how she’s been feeling. It isn’t bored. It isn’t lonely. It isn’t apathetic. It’s gay. The word is gay.

The show stars theatre, film and television veterans: Heidi Sulzman, Jessie Warner, Trevor H. Olsen, Isabella Palmieri, Monroe Makowsky, and Marja-Lewis Ryan.