Notes from Arden
Our growing inability to accept, or even hear, views contrary to our own derives largely from the way social media feeds and then tries to sell us news, opinions and outlets we already agree with. What is the point of words if nobody is listening? One performance in Erik Patterson’s “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” (at Theatre of Note through August 30) that lingers relentlessly is that of Phil Ward, portraying a man named Frank recovering from the effects of a brain aneurism, much like in Emilie Beck’s “Sovereign Body,” earlier this year at Road Theatre Company. In that play, Taylor Gilbert portrayed a woman named Anna suddenly struck down by an unspecified brain disorder that left her, like Frank, fighting for words. . . Yet in Okwui Okpokwasili’s “Bronx Gothic,” words are shards that cut and gouge . . .
This Week’s Roundup: The AEA/Pro-99 War of Words Continues; Cabrillo Music Theater the Latest Casualty for Southern California Theater
“The fallout following AEA President Kate Shindle’s comments on two podcasts continues this week. The specific purpose of these interviews was not, it seems, specifically to discuss the Pro-99 movement – but the topic came up, and Shindle ended up trying to justify Equity’s attempts to shut down equity-waiver.” — by PAUL BIRCHALL
Got It Covered
Odets’s play is a bit of a standard amongst theater folks of a vintage lefty sensibility — and there have been many productions of it between these two Odyssey stagings — but given the current economic iniquities, as well as the sentimental reasons for honoring a theater company that has been able to make a go of it for so many decades, this should be a show well worth coming out for.
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