Bill Raden

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Reviews (4)
LA Weekly

for a previous production "It is the very austerity and rigorous minimalism of the show that eventually takes hold. Beginning with vaguely familiar hymns that are reminiscent of monodic Appalachian folk songs...With the addition of eerie harmonies and then, in the evening’s finale, reconstructed Shaker dances, "Early Shaker Spirituals" soars beyond a canny ethnomusicological evocation to become something more deeply poignant and wonderfully enchanting." Full Review

LA Weekly

for a previous production "Appropriating an existing feature film in its entirety as a kind of supertitle and lavishly animated scenic backdrop to a parallel musical version of the same story seems to be unprecedented...But Vox Lumiere does raise the question of whether James Lynch, Marisa Johnson and Victoria Levy and Julie Brody echoing the onscreen narrative in song and dance represents a value-added enhancement of the film or merely an annoying sightline obstruction." Full Review

East Village
LA Weekly

for a previous production "A portrait at once elegiac and angry, lyrical and recriminatory and rife with the kind of love-hate paradoxes that define any filial relationship but are here represented in extremis...Orlandersmith’s intention, she says at one point, was to finally write something with “naked, gut-honest” candor...and in the harrowing, very personal and unflinchingly courageous journey described in "Forever", she achieves it." Full Review

Diary of a Madman
Midtown W
LA Weekly

for a previous production "Gogol's short-prose masterpiece about a petty bureaucrat's dizzying plunge into the lowest depths of madness isn't exactly the stage-friendliest of texts. Which makes Volok's fevered and fascinating one-man turn all the more remarkable...Volok delineates the delirium with a fierce yet finely modulated intensity, while Lazarev's use of costuming to visually underscore Poprishchin's unraveling mind is a grace note to his otherwise spare but engaging production." Full Review