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  Hannah and the Dread Gazebo at Fountain Theatre

Hannah and the Dread Gazebo

Fountain Theatre
5060 Fountain Avenue Hollywood

A strange and wonderful play that is a mix of unexpected whimsy, delightful comedy, profound despair and more than a little bit of magic. Hannah is two weeks away from becoming a board-certified neurologist when she receives a strange package from her grandmother, who may—or may not—have just ended her life in a most flamboyant fashion. The mystery leads Hannah and her family on a surreal, funny, heartbreaking adventure back to their roots in South and North Korea and the forbidden Demilitarized Zone that divides them. Wildly theatrical, this startling new comedy twists together creation myths and family histories to explore what it means to walk the edge between cultures.

Thru - Sep 22, 2019

Price: $25 – $45

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 323-663-1525

  Hannah and the Dread Gazebo Reviews
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Los Angeles Times - Somewhat Recommended

"...The play, which opened on Saturday at the Fountain Theatre (in a collaboration with East West Players), might sound like a garden-variety domestic drama. But Park has tried to fashion her story into an epic fable incorporating the origin myth of Korea, the politics of a divided peninsula perpetually on the brink of war, the plight of endangered species in the DMZ’s land-mine-riddled forest, and the symbolism of a “dread gazebo,” which might have something to do with a legendary anecdote about a computer fantasy role-playing game of which I can tell you nothing."
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Charles McNulty

Broadway World - Recommended

"...HANNAH's realistic and very touching Korean family scenes would parallel, or stand in for any family, in any nation, going through their own family crisis. Nice!"
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Gil Kaan

Stage Scene LA - Somewhat Recommended

"...Magic realism has never been my thing, and since Hannah And The Dread Gazebo relies on an abundance of it to tell the story of a 30something Korean-American’s visit to her parents’ homeland, I ended up unengaged by Jiehae Park’s overly fanciful comedy despite some terrific performances and a dazzling production design."
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Steven Stanley

On Stage Los Angeles - Highly Recommended

"...Park's fluid script and smooth staging by director Jennifer Chang create an evening where suspension of disbelief is made relatively easy by the genuine quality of each of these over the top characters. Occasional interaction by the Koreans spoken in Korean has no need of translation as the folks in power we encounter are pretty much all the same around the world. We hear the familiar name of Grandmother's retirement home within the Korean discussions and experience the rooftop where she might have taken the plunge with bullets flying from the North."
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Cultural Weekly - Somewhat Recommended

"...In its giddy and distracted hour and 40 or so minutes, Dread Gazebo might want to consider slowing down, long enough to perhaps clarify things a bit. Or is the message, in the end, simply that we are all puzzled, eager, curious and befuddled immigrants in the world, who came to this planet from some unknown place, with an unknown path forward and an even more obscure destination about which we know even less..."
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Sylvie Drake

Stage Raw - Somewhat Recommended

"...Currently experiencing its California premiere at The Fountain Valley Theatre, Jiehae Park’s latest play is a cute, but messy dramedy that combines Korean culture and politics with a unique, yet relatable story about spirituality and identity. Although the concept is compelling, the narrative’s convoluted development leads to a finale that provides the audience with little catharsis."
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Lara J. Altunian

Theatre Notes - Highly Recommended

"...Directed by Jennifer Chang, the performances are wonderful–potent with some delightful whimsy, serious in basic plot, with an affecting, soft basso ostinato of genuine grief. The play is literally magical."
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Paul Myrvold

On Stage Blog - Recommended

"...Gavin Lee is funny and has a likable quality about him on stage. I predict we will continue to see him starring in future shows. His monologue about a mythical bear and tiger staying in a cave for 100 days, while surviving on garlic is very entertaining. He has good chemistry with a young and attractive female activist (Wonjung Kim) he meets in the subway. Kim is also very entertaining and charismatic."
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Jill Weinlein

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