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One Woman Show : Year of Magical Thinking @ The Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach – Review

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eActress Linda Purl

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

The Year of Magical Thinking is based on the award-winning book of the same name, taken directly from the true life horrors of author Joan Didion.  I choose the word “horrors” because The Year of Magical Thinking resembles nothing more closely than  a hostage situation in which the audience sits captive while performer Linda Purl acts out chapters of agony from Didion’s book.  We are treated to heavy doses of depression without any benefits of such a medicine.  At best it is dull, at worst it is painful.

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S&M without the Guilt – Venus In Fur @ South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

There are not enough S words to describe the production of Venus & Fur at South Coast Repertory, but I’ll try. The show was simplistic, splendid, suggestive, and straightforward all at once. And don’t let me leave out sexy, there’s plenty of that.   

Venus & Fur is a 90 minute one act play about a new director named Thomas, who is about to give up on finding the perfect actress to star in his adapted version of the book Venus in Furs.  When he’s about to leave an actress named Vanda (coincidentally the same name as the character he is casting for) blazes through the door as a crazy mess.  She proceeds to audition for him, and he is shocked and pleased to find that this lunatic might be the performer he has been searching for.  But who is this Vanda?  Where does she come from?  What does she really want?  And where exactly will their relationship end?  All of these questions and more are answered in this simple but thickly layered show that will leave you thinking, way after you leave the theater.

Graham Hamilton (Thomas) Jaimie Paige (Vanda)

In addition to  flat out mystery, we are also witnesses to some delightful sensuality.  Jaimi Paige (Vanda) and Graham Hamilton (Thomas) play off of each other so well. Some moments in this play positively sizzle. But it’s not just about sex. There is actually more laughter than lust and the jokes are well done, not one boring moment.

9/10

Side note :

Roman Polanski just released an international film release of this play this year.  

Ticket Info at the website:

http://www.scr.org/calendar/view?id=6782 

Location & Dates :  

South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

October 5, 2014 – October 26, 2014

 


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