What happens when "tiger parenting" goes wrong? Meet Albert and Jennifer Chen-brother and sister, once brilliant students and musicians, now epic failures leading unfulfilling lives. The problem? Their parents set unrealistic standards. The solution? Escape from Irvine & go on an "Asian Freedom Tour" to Shenzhen, China-a hilarious journey filled with colorful characters, intrigue and surprise.
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A series of miscommunications turns into a night of survival when a natural disaster strikes the Hollywood Hills. This witty, challenging drama will leave you wondering what just happened and what will happen next, while the people hunkered down in a mansion just try to keep up with what they're becoming amidst the Hollywood dream. Contains mature language, violence, sexual situations, and brief strobe light effects.
A meditation on private identity, the crafting of persona and the agony of life choices, the world premiere of Untitled Baby Play by Nina Braddock is an ode to female friendship. Six women find themselves trapped on an email chain as they plan a friend's baby shower. What starts out as a comedy of manners for the digital age deepens as these women-a doctor, freelance journalist, consultant, teacher, actress and software engineer-contend with cyber miscommunications and email thread snubs, forcing them to question their own convictions, fears and existential angst surrounding the baby issue. When the shower finally comes to pass, neuroses reach full throttle.
Sleep, awakeness, psychosis, enlightenment, coma. How thin is the veil that separates them? The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble explores some of the many states of human awareness with an evening of short "mind excursions" by Harold Pinter with Robert Coover and Hermann Hesse. Collectively titled Wakings!, the ensemble examines the manifestation of consciousness in Pinter's Victoria Station and A Kind of Alaska; Coover's Rip Awake; and Hesse's Siddhartha.
In a last ditch effort to affect change in her life, an isolated woman held captive by her fears and trapped by her own entitlement is forced to surrender to her fate. The vulnerability of humility makes her receptive to direction and kindness and she is inspired to create a world that brings her into meaningful relationships with others.
George and Martha, the American theater's most notoriously dysfunctional couple, have invited the young and naive Nick and Honey over for drinks. What begins as harmless patter escalates to outright marital warfare, with the provincial newcomers caught in the crossfire. We are thrilled to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the hilarious and harrowing Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, arguably Edward Albee's most famous and most vicious masterpiece.