Notes from Arden
Our critics are all over Hollywood this weekend, for the first of what will be a two-week binge of Fringe Festival reviews and commentary. Is all of L.A. theater really just as geographically expanded Fringe festival, as Don Shirley once suggested? What is the purpose and the result of curation? The Fringe festival is a famously come-one-come all event. Anybody who wants to put on a show can do so, at cut rates, compared to renting a venue for a traditional six-week run. There is no curation. It’s as democratic an event as any festival that can be imagined. The market is the judge. . . Well, almost. . .
“Following Thursday’s opening, Wooster producer Cynthia Hedstrom, director Elizabeth LeCompte and REDCAT artistic director Mark Murphy all expressed bemused bewilderment over the Pinter estate’s preemptive move against the show, which for a company of the Wooster Group’s international preeminence as artists of intelligence and integrity is highly unusual, though not unprecedented … at least from a playwright still living.” — By BILL RADEN
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