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  Men On Boats at Son Of Semele

Men On Boats

Son Of Semele
3301 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles

Award-winning theatre company Son of Semele Ensemble presents Men on Boats. Jaclyn Backhaus’s acclaimed play reenacts the legendary 1869 Powell Expedition to map the Colorado River — but with a twist. The rugged white men are all played by a diverse cast of female and non-binary actors. The ironic, often comic result explores both the West’s mighty river and the imagined new world as created by our legends. The result triggers the question, “Who and what has our ‘America’ left out?”

Thru - Jul 28, 2019

Tuesdays: 7:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 5:00pm

Price: $25

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 213-351-3507

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Los Angeles Times - Recommended

"...Backhaus' play is performed, as the playwright intends, by a cast that's female or nonbinary . It's no gimmick. That device deepens our connection to what otherwise might have been a standard recapitulation of historical events. Audaciously anachronistic contemporary language lends further immediacy to the proceedings."
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F. Kathleen Foley

Stage Raw - Somewhat Recommended

"...Playwright Jacklyn Backhaus is navigating uncharted territory with her adventurous play Men On Boats, which tells the dramatic (mostly true) story of the first government sanctioned exploration of the Grand Canyon in 1869. Son of Semele's current production is youthful and heartfelt, though the production design is uneven."
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Dana Martin

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