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  My Sister In This House at Deaf West Theatre

My Sister In This House

Deaf West Theatre
5112 Lankershim Blvd. Los Angeles

My Sister In This House is a haunting play exploring class struggle, identity, and what happens when the need for connection and companionship is abused and ignored. Based on the true story of the Papin sisters, who suffered an abusive childhood followed by a dark and foreboding workplace in 1930s France. This bizarre tale inspired many writers of the era, including Jean Genet and Jean Paul Sartre.

Thru - May 30, 2010

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm

Price: $15-$25

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 818-762-2773

  My Sister In This House Reviews
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Los Angeles Times - Recommended

"...Even when the story becomes predictable, director Michael Unger and his cast create a rich world of ritual: serving dinner, getting ready for bed, card games, the Madame fingering the house with a white glove in a fervid search for dust. This may be the most embodied production Iíve ever seen in L.A.; unfortunately, some of the characterizations arenít as satisfying. "
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Charlotte Stoudt

LA Weekly - Highly Recommended

"...Kramer's villainess is so fulsomely drawn as to border on caricature; this apparent directorial choice, made to emphasize the melodrama, is handled by this performer with considerable skill. And Losi projects an effective foil as the petulant Isabelle, whose impulses toward kindness are ultimately annihilated by her mother. Tom Buderwitz's set, Leigh Allen's lighting and A. Jeffrey Schoenberg's costumes create an ambience of musty money contrasting aptly with this dark, disturbing tale."
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Deborah Klugman

Backstage - Recommended

"... Zion plays Lea as fresh and naive at first, then weary, and finally totally compliant in the sisters' ultimate acts. The Papins' employers are hearing, their dialogue shown to the deaf audience on supertitles. Jennifer Losi plays the daughter, with a well-honed mix of comedy and pathos, a spoiled girl but one who feels the shackles of her overbearing mother. And, in a wickedly full-blown but not overly campy portrayal, Casey Kramer is said Maman, living majestically but realistically on Tom Buderwitz's set."
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Dany Margolies - Highly Recommended

"...My Sister In This House is an award-winning play written by Wendy Kesselman in 1980. It is based on a true incident that occurred in France in 1933; the brutal murders of a woman and her daughter by two young sisters who lived with and served as their domestics. At the Deaf West Theatre in North Hollywood Michael Unger has directed a superb company of actors in this foreboding production."
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Carol Kaufman Segal

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