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Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga, CA 90290
310-455-3723
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3 reviews
1 stars
Plan to be here for about 3 hours for the play and intermission. Bring a seat/back cushion; or the theater offers them for $1. The restroom facilities are nice & clean! This place is very well maintained! Consider leaving a donation for the unpaid actors and/or the venue. Optional, of course; but I was certainly moved to! I purchased three tickets but used only two. I was prepared to take the cost of the third ticket as a loss (not a tremendous loss, but a loss nonetheless). However, Evan graciously offered to keep a credit on the books for me for my next visit (any production). What a sweetheart!
Tom
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3 reviews
1 stars
Drinks and snacks are available just outside the venue. Only water is allowed in the theater. You can also bring your own food/picnic, arrive early, and take advantage of the tables and chairs set up around this beautiful little oasis. It's small, intimate, quiet, beautiful! Perfect for nature lovers! There are a couple of local restaurants nearby.
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"The School for Scandal"
33 ratings
4.2 average rating
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141 events
130 reviews
42 stars
attended Jul 12 2008

A little hard to hear the actors, even though we were fairly close to the stage, and this made it sometimes difficult to understand what was going on. The sets and costuming were very nicely done.

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21 reviews
6 stars
attended Aug 17 2008

The performers were supurb. However, intense concentration was required to follow the storyline, given the actors affected heavy British accents and that the language itself was characteristic of England, upper class, Regency period. We were...continued

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89 events
67 reviews
13 stars
attended Jul 12 2008

Restoration is really not my "thing," but if it were, this would have been a wonderful production. The theatre (which I've never been to before) was very unusual and wonderful. We ever had a small picnic before the show!

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Description

Centuries before Jerry Springer, Ricki Lake and The National Enquirer appeared on the scene, Richard Brinsley Sheridan gave us such gossip-mongers as Lady Sneerwell, Widow Snake, Lady Candour and Benjamin Backbite in a comic story filled with complications, ironies, surprises and schemes that go horribly wrong—a prototype of situation comedy that reveals many of the same guilty pleasures and petty obsessions we know today. Widely regarded as one of the finest comedies in the English language, its wit, humor and social commentary still touch a nerve nearly 330 years after its premiere at London’s Drury Lane Theater in the spring of 1777. 

Sheridan was manager of the Drury Lane Theatre where he had a great influence on the theater of his time. The School for Scandal is studied around the world in high schools and theater schools, making him one of the most well-known traditionalist playwrights, second only to Shakespeare. He later became a distinguished parliamentary orator. The School for Scandal was a favorite play of General George Washington, who was an inveterate theatergoer.

The cast of The School for Scandal includes Theatricum company members Willow Geer as Lady Teazle; Franc Ross as Sir Peter Teazle; Susan Angelo as Lady Sneerwell; Melora Marshall as Widow Snake; Katherine Griffin as Lady Candour; Tim Halligan as Sir Oliver Surface; Mark Lewis as Joseph Surface; and Jeff Wiesen as Charles Surface.