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  Short Eyes at The Los Angeles Theatre Center

Short Eyes

The Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 S. Spring St. Los Angeles

The tough, unforgiving environment of a New York City detention center is the setting for the play’s story. The population of the institution is an assembly of racially and ethnically divided cliques in an internally constructed society with its own rules and boundaries, peopled with violent felons, thieves and killers, whom the world at large has locked away for its protection. Into the midst of these desperate men is inserted a new prisoner, a middle-class white man named Clark, accused of child rape. Men like Clark are dubbed “Short Eyes” by the other prisoners and even among criminals are considered the vilest of the vile. Gentle-mannered Clark, surrounded by tough customers, had better make some friends fast, if he is to survive at all. He gets the ear of an inmate named Juan, but Juan must keep Clark at arm’s length for Juan’s own protection. Clark is clearly a sick man, thrust in the midst of career criminals. Can he possibly survive? Given the extreme nature of his offense, can even the theatre audience recognize his underlying humanity?Adult themes, some rough language. Suggested for audiences 13 to adult.

Thru - Mar 11, 2012

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 7:00pm

Price: $20-$30

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 866-811-4111

Running Time: 2 hours with intermission

  Short Eyes Reviews
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Los Angeles Times - Recommended

"...Profane, funny, and packed with more crotch-grabbing than vintage Madonna, the current revival of Miguel Piñero’s prison drama “Short Eyes” at the Los Angeles Theatre Center burns with vivid life."
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Charlotte Stoudt

Backstage - Recommended

"...The daring production is infused with bravura performances and a crackling atmosphere, punctuated by ironic humor and suspense."
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Les Spindle

LAist - Recommended

"...Co-produced by the Latino Theater Company and Urban Theatre Movement, this exciting production is dark, exhilarating, and utterly glorious. Pinero flaunts violence and poetry while navigating delicate moral, ethical, and social dilemmas contextualized by power dynamics and incarceration culture. The performances and direction for this production of Short Eyes are superior, driven, and lively."
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Mialka Bonadonna Morano

Socal - Recommended

"...Although the nature of the subject matter in the play is heavy, there was also lightness found within the inmate’s interpersonal relationships through their senses of humor, and how they played off of one another with sarcasm and wit. I personally enjoyed a good deal of laughter during the show. Each character had it’s own unique personality, that managed to bring humor and lightness within an incredibly tough environment."
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Lia Mandelbaum

LA Stage Times - Recommended

"...He offers a brutal glimpse of a brutal world, with hardly any punches pulled. Yet his staging doesn’t become bogged down in the banality of brutality. The tension in the room explodes often, with crackling dramatic urgency."
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