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Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
3050 Los Angeles Ave Simi Valley, CA 93065
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"The Grapes of Wrath"
12 ratings
4.6 average rating
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29 reviews
31 stars
attended Aug 29 2010

Engaging cast and very clever prop work. A good solid performance; lead actors were especially good.

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10 reviews
7 stars
attended Aug 29 2010

Nicely written & well acted adaption of John Steinbecks sad tale of the dustbowl era. The wonderful music & songs were performed by talented artists. Very clever set design, they even opened up part of the stage to create a steam for the actors to...continued

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7 reviews
11 stars
attended Aug 27 2010

Great production of a show that can be difficult to stage and keep interesting, given its heavy subject matter. It was engaging throughout, making the audience feel involved in the Joads' struggles. The performances were superb overall. So many of...continued

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“Majestic…leaves one feeling that the generosity of spirit Steinbeck saw in a brutal country is not so much lost as waiting once more to be found.” — Frank Rich, The New York Times


Adapted for the stage by Frank Galati, The Grapes of Wrath premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, and later transferred to the West End and Broadway. There it was nominated for eight Tony Awards, winning two for Best Direction and Best Play. Known for his sympathetic humor and keen social perception, John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath in 1939 after seeing the devastation that blanked the country during the Great Depression. The novel won him the Pulitzer Prize in 1940 and was a cornerstone to the Nobel Prize in Literature he was awarded in 1962.

Despite the anguish and suffering which it depicts, the play becomes in the final essence a soaring and deeply moving affirmation of the indomitability of the human spirit, and of the essential goodness and strength which — then as now — resides in the hearts and minds of the “common man,” throughout the world.