Caged

Bonjour Citygaragistes,

We’re excited to share with you the second episode of our new talk show “Animal Farm: Conversations About Theater and Politics with Steven Leigh Morris and Guests.” His guest this week is Rob Weinert-Kendt, the Editor of American Theatre Magazine and he and Steven speculate about what’s next for theatre in age of covid. Please check it out. (Also, if you missed last week’s show, all shows will be archived here on our website. Look for “Animal Farm” in the menu above. Here is the link to this week’s show:

https://youtu.be/-pvT4bBkxw4

We’re also continuing our City Garage Classics series with this week’s production from 2013, “Caged,” by Charles Duncombe, directed by Frederique Michel. It was a “Pick of the Week” in the LA Weekly. Here is some information from the original press release:

“City Garage is proud to announce the world premiere of Caged, by Charles A. Duncombe. Two naked human specimens in a cage, Visitors come and go, fascinated by them, arguing, and wondering about these creatures. Do they feel pain, love, joy, sadness, envy? What do they think when they see us staring at them? What do we really see? A reflection of our own hope or despair? What reality do we inhabit and how did we get there? This new play for City Garage by award-winning playwright Charles A. Duncombe, is a tender and absorbing drama about entrapment, a reflection on life, how we seem each other and ourselves.”

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Here is what the critics had to say:

“Duncombe’s smartly written script is delightfully provocative and insightful. Performances are sharply calibrated under Frederique Michel’s direction.”
LA WEEKLY – Pick of the Week

“Duncombe nails his targets, whether zeroing in on male versus female bonding activities, the difference between the sexes when presented with mirrors and their own reflections, or the inexplicable attraction to religion. Director Frédérique Michel handles the material beautifully… All seven actors playing the visitors inhabit multiple roles with ease.”

BACKSTAGE

“This new play by City Garage co-founder Charles A. Duncombe in a delicately intricate production explores the kaleidoscopic variations of the push-pull of relationships, remarkably similar whether “primitive” or “civilized.”… Director Frederique Michel luxuriantly masters this congenial new space, wrangling the different levels of action subtly with an insinuating tactile sense… Duncombe and Michel spin so many layers with all those wisps of insight that the textured whole becomes piquantly allusive, even haunting. It is one of the continuing pleasures of City Garage, as with many established local companies, to see the progressive development of individual actors over many roles over time…”

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Poignantly symbolic, Duncombe’s text so deft and tongue-in-cheek and the direction, by Frédérique Michel, so finely tuned…”

LA TIMES

It will be showing on our City Garage YouTube channel from 8:00pm this Friday, October 30, through midnight on Wednesday, November 4th.

https://www.youtube.com/c/citygaragetheatre

It’s free to view but we ask people to make a donation if they can through our Chuffed page:

https://chuffed.org/project/citygarage

Many thanks to our wonderful donors of this week, Mr. and Mrs. Larson.

Merci, stay safe, wear a mask, and vote!

Frederique

(Left to right) Kristina Drager, RJ Jones (below) Nathan Dana Aldrich photo: Paul Rubenstein
(Left to right) Megan Kim, Mariko Oka RJ Jones; photo: Paul Rubenstein
(Left to right) Kristina Drager, Nathan Dana Aldrich; photo: Paul Rubenstein