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  Defenders at The Broadwater Black Box


The Broadwater Black Box
6322 Santa Monica Blvd Los Angeles

Who watches the watchmen? Iceland has endured and survived waves of invaders, occupiers and pirates that have come and gone but the descendants of its original settlers are still there. Itís a land of myth where spirituality connects the population to its often harsh and unrelenting nature. When Iceland was threatened with invasion by Germany in WW2, the allies decide to step in. Three American G.I.s are shipwrecked on the remote island of Hrisey off Icelandís northern coast. They have missing weapons, few supplies, a broken radio and must rely on the locals for survival. To make matters worse, Hrisey is in the throes of the worst storm anyone can remember. As the GIs struggle to cope with both the island and its people, the lines between myth and reality become increasingly blurred. The soldiers, Icelanders, and the land itself are forced to ask just who is defending whom.

Thru - Dec 8, 2019

Mondays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:00pm

Price: $20-$30

Show Type: Drama

  Defenders Reviews
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Stage Scene LA - Highly Recommended

"...A trio of WWII GIs stranded on a storm-tossed island off the north Icelandic coast learn the hard way that it's not just the Nazis who are out to get them in Cailin Maureen Harrison's supernatural-tinged action-adventure thriller Defenders, a World Premiere guest production at Hollywood's Broadwater Blackbox."
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Steven Stanley

Night Tinted Glasses - Recommended

"...If this sound a bit like an episode of The Twilight Zone, you have figured out what kind of feel this show conveys. And a pretty masterful example of such, as three soldiers of very different backgrounds try to cope with conflicting ideas of what the world really is. "
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David MacDowell Blue

Stage Raw - Somewhat Recommended

"...There is much to admire about this play, but it is far from effective. The script is burdened with a lot of purposeless dialogue, while the tension that is so artfully established at the outset by director Reena Dutt gradually goes into a deep wane, and the supernatural goings-on which transpire throughout are not all utilized to good outcome. Performances, on balance, are good (Connolly is exceptional). Jesse Mandapat's sound design is very effective, as is Dominik Krzanowski's lighting schema."
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Lovell Estell III

Theatre Notes - Somewhat Recommended

"...I like the cast. The scenic design by David Goldstein, the prop work by Michael Allen Angel, and Shon LeBlanc's costumes are all excellent. But the show loses steam and the urgency of the opening is dissipated."
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Paul Myrvold

Haines His Way - Somewhat Recommended

"...Harrison has written a hot mess of an Icelandic set play. The spooky myth part doesn't really gel and neither does the frenzied military reality. The character of Private LeFleur (Spencer Martin) seems to be here to add a layer of Cajun mumbo jumbo superstition to the Nordic myths and to prove not all Americans are of the "ugly" untrusting variety. But Martin's Cajun accent is so thick at times he is barely intelligible. Reena Dutt's haphazard direction does not aid the over-the-top histrionics. Defenders makes for a long and unsatisfying 100 minutes in the theatre."
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Rob Stevens

The TVolution - Recommended

"...Director Reena Dutt deftly demonstrates both craft and intelligence in her application of pacing and punch to a problematic piece that proves to be a pleasing production."
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Ernest Kearney

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