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Tales from Hollywood

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd Los Angeles

Spanning the years 1938 to 1950, Odon von Horvath, Bertolt Brecht, the Mann brothers (Thomas and Heinrich) and other German-speaking writers escape Hitler in Hollywood and find themselves fighting not just for survival but for their cultural and artistic identity. Academy award-winner Christopher Hampton's Tales From Hollywood is a richly entertaining, witty and touching play about artists in exile.

Thru - Dec 19, 2010

Wednesdays: 8:00pm
Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm & 7:00pm



Price: $15-$30

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 310-477-2055

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  Review Round-Up

Los Angeles Times - Recommended

"...Horváth’s corruption by a milieu that both horrifies and fascinates him pits jaded European sensibilities against the dark side of American innocence. As his story ends in the ’50s with the ideological purges of the McCarthy era, the objects glimpsed in his historical rear-view mirror may be closer than they appear."
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Philip Brandes


LA Weekly - Somewhat Recommended

"...Despite director Michael Peretzian's sleek production — which includes Tom Buderwitz's handsome swimming pool set, Elizabeth Harper's fine lights and incisive performances by Beery and Minault — Hampton's postmodernist stab at an L.A. Travesties never quite gels."
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Bill Raden


Backstage - Highly Recommended

"...With his indeed Brechtian staging, Michael Peretzian creates a fascinating, cohesive world, including a fine array of well-cast, well-matched actors. Tom Buderwitz's set allows for clean shifts between scenes plus sightlines for Adam Flemming's projection designs. But on the evening reviewed the lighting was amiss—possibly the board operator missing cues—and the sound design played at a distracting and disrupting volume. "
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Dany Margolies


Stage and Cinema - Recommended

"...There was some hearty laughter in the audience at the Odyssey Theatre the night I attended, which clearly upset some ladies in the front row. These ladies may not have seen the humor in this avant-garde piece, but they were nonetheless attentive and engaged. Much of the credit for the riveting experience goes to the insight and fluid staging of director Michael Peretzian, but it is Giles who holds the evening together."
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Tony Frankel


StageHappenings.com - Recommended

"...To illustrate the tale, Director Michael Peretzian has assembled an immensely talented and dedicated ensemble cast, from the pensive Gregory Gifford Giles as von Horváth, to Daniel Zacapa as the pain-in-the-neck, Brecht. The gaze settles very quickly on the travails of the Mann brothers, especially the elder brother Heinrich (sensitively played by Walter Berry) and his unmanageable young wife, Nelly (the iridescent Ursula Brooks). While Thomas (here performed by Kent Minault) enjoyed more fame in the U.S., Heinrich never lived up to his reputation as the author of von Sternberg’s Blue Angel."
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Leigh Kennicott



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