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City Garage at Bergamot Station Arts Center
2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404
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3.9 / 5 Rated by 19 members
Review from G,H.
Red Velvet 839 events 413 reviews

It is a strange play, mixing two very different historical times: Moliere at the court of the Sun King and Bulgakov in the communist regime while using comments on politics that are 21st century. It's an interesting if not particularly...continued

reviewed May 09 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from Don
83 events 62 reviews

Another highly imaginative and inventive production from this really excellent and creative company. Charles Duncombe's dialogue sparkles, especially when he's sending up contemporary chatter about "supporting the arts" while burying them in...continued

reviewed Jun 01 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from Steven Brown
54 events 27 reviews

One of the worst shows I've seen. Dreadful from start to finish in every way. Stay far away from this one.

reviewed May 23 2014 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

  • “…a shrewd piece of writing that’s irresistibly stimulating and funny. Equal credit goes to a superlative ensemble and to the director, Michel, for bold, imaginative direction.” —Stage Raw
  • “The show is whip smart and blessed with sumptuous production design, a wicked sense of humor and excellent principal players. As Molière, George Villas captures the artist intent on lampooning buffoons who’s here rendered both ridiculous and tragic by his passion for a young woman who (gulp) might also be his daughter.” —Jenny Lower, LA Weekly
  • “Something of a grand synthesis of City Garage’s recent projects involving each playwright, this ambitious and handsome effort receives the full house trademark treatment under the direction of Frederique Michel, continuing to employ their well-attuned new digs at Bergamot as inspiration for more involved layers of action that can communicate greater dimension of themes. Following her singular theatrical vision adds nuance with each iteration of their variations on their established devices, always complemented by Duncombe’s felicitous set and lighting design.”—The Hollywood Reporter
  • “Well you can’t fault City Garage for not being ambitious! Their latest world premiere is no less than epic. Under the banner Bulgakov/Moliere, company member Charles A. Duncombe has written a close to three-hour examination of state corruption, religious hypocrisy, gratuitous nudity, and for good measure the cowardice of the state.” —KCRW


This production contains nudity and limited use of water-based fog.

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