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  Largo Desolato at City Garage Theatre

Largo Desolato

City Garage Theatre
2525 Michigan Ave Santa Monica

City Garage stages a timely revival of Havels classic piece about totalitarian regimes, censorship, and the price of integrity. In this semi-autobiographical play, translated by Czech-born playwright Tom Stoppard, a dissident intellectual, Leopold Nettles, is dogged by the secret police, pressured by his friends, and nagged by his housemate to just shut up and go along. Shadowy figures arrive to offer him a deal to stay out of prison but Nettles cant get himself to accept. His world starts to dissolve in a hallucinatory battle of conscience but will he ultimately have the courage of his convictions? Havel wrote the play when he had just emerged from prison in 1984. He went on to play a major role in the Velvet Revolution that toppled communism in Eastern Europe, as well as serving as the first President of the Czech Republic. What would he make of the frightening resurgence of so many of the ideas he sacrificed so much to eradicate?

Thru - Mar 1, 2020

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


Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 310-319-9939

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  Largo Desolato Reviews
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Los Angeles Times - Recommended

"...The material is well suited to the stylish City Garage aesthetic, as director Frederique Michel and designer Charles A. Duncombe lean into Havel's extensive use of repetition to evoke a visceral sense of Leopold's paralysis. Calibrate your pacing expectations accordingly."
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Philip Brandes


Stage Raw - Somewhat Recommended

"...Whatever the shortcomings of the production, the play itself speaks to our present obsession with "fake news" and our constant fear for our privacy. Havel struggled to accept the importance his words held for those who leaned on them during the troubled times of the Cold War; it might startle him to learn that they have transcended time and are still relevant."
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Emily Hawkins



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