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Theatre and Gender

Theatre Unleashed: Lauren Gunderson’s “Ada and the Engine” – A Must-See in Koreatown

es, it’s possible if not likely the play has simply conjured up all of this complexity of feeling and that nothing ever existed between Ada and Babbage beyond their shared vision.  Yes, I know, there have been multiple instances over time where Ada’s contribution to the invention of the first computing machine has been questioned and tested and even dismissed.None of that matters, for the romantic liaison that Gunderson has crafted and Powers has brought to life delivers one of the loveliest and mature romantic moments I’ve seen on stage. 

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“America Adjacent” At The Skylight Theatre Is Worth Consideration…

If this sounds stark, that’s only because a simple paragraph of explanation cannot possibly do the script justice.  Los Angeles based playwright Boni B. Alvarez is himself a son of Filipino immigrant parents and he has tapped into his roots to craft multi-dimensional characters that deliver surprising levels of humor in spite of the fact that they are essentially prisoners.  The humor reveals the humanity and depth of these characters in ways that draw you close to them no matter how far removed you might feel from their situation.   

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