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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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“The Dance Of Death” At The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Trapped in an atmosphere rife with the air of past punishment and with no concrete tasks to take up their time, Alice [Lizzy Kimball] and The Captain [Darrell Larson] play cards, say they will allow themselves one drink then pour three or more over the course of an evening, and argue with an off-stage cook about a dinner that never arrives.  They wonder whether they should take on another lover and recall how the last threesome went.  If this doesn’t sound like Strindberg to you, you’ve been missing out for not only is the play as sexually explicit as one could get in its time, it is also brutally funny and Ms. Kimball and Mr. Larson know exactly how to use both elements to their most effective ends as they engage in a slowly building battle for supremacy over the other. 

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