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  Department of Dreams at City Garage Theatre

Department of Dreams

City Garage Theatre
2525 Michigan Ave Santa Monica

City Garage is pleased to present world premiere of Kosovar playwright Jeton Nezirajís Department of Dreams. In this nightmarish, Orwellian comedy an autocratic government demands its citizens deposit their dreams in a central, bureaucratic depository so that it can exert the fullest possible control of their imaginations. In this vast, underground complex, civil servants like Dan, a new hire for the prized job of Interpreter, sift patiently through the nationís dreams looking for threats to the governmentís authority. If order is to be maintained, deviance must be extinguished and imagination co-opted. Dan works hard and tries stubbornly to survive in this strange dream world but finds nothing is as it seems to be except the authority that rules it. Donít miss the world premiere of this new play from one of Europeís most remarkable playwrights.

Thru - Dec 8, 2019

Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:00pm

Price: $25

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 310-319-9939

  Department of Dreams Reviews
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Los Angeles Times - Recommended

"...This is not an easy play. It's difficult to understand, at times incomprehensible. But it is important work by a world-class playwright who challenges our complacency at every twist and turn."
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F. Kathleen Foley

Night Tinted Glasses - Recommended

"...The cast entire does the fine job I frankly have come to expect from City Garage, with Frederique Michel's direction showing wonderful insight, most of all in terms of casting, while an extra nod should go to Gaston Vinas' graphic animations (you'll have to see the show to see what I mean)."
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David MacDowell Blue

Stage Raw - Somewhat Recommended

"...There is undeniably great potential here to tell the story of a well-meaning everyman who falls into the inevitable traps of an oppressive government - yet the protagonist is consistently blank and there are no other characters that really merit our emotional investment. Moreover, the ending is a complete cop-out, favoring facile fantasy over the cruel reality of the situation. It caps off an ostensibly seductive yet ultimately desultory production that could use a couple of firm feet on the ground."
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Julia Lloyd George

USTheatre - Recommended

"...People's most private thoughts are forced to be made public. Their imaginations have been taken over by a government determined to imagine what they ourselves might not. Dreams, as we all know, mean something that cannot be explained, even to ourselves. Yet this dictatorial society works infinitely to tell them to the culture at large, a disaster, truly, to the imaginations of the private mind."
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Douglas Messerl

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