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  punkplay at Atwater Village Theatre


Atwater Village Theatre
3269 Casitas Ave Atwater Village

Mickey and Duck are two teenage boys trying to make sense of the world in the mess of 80s America. Through the music and culture of punk rock, they patch together a precarious identity, skating (literally) between the demands of an increasingly strict subculture and an authentic desire to break free from convention. A coming of age story in the form of a mixtape, punkplay is a theatrical love letter to loud music, irresponsible behavior and the beating heart of authenticity we all strive to preserve.

Thru - Dec 21, 2019

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

Price: $25

Show Type: Performance Art

Box Office: 323-644-1929

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Stage and Cinema - Somewhat Recommended

"...If punkplay is punk, it’s in its unvarnished delivery and eschewing of traditional story demands — as if to say “bugger off, wanker.” While it has a lot to get off its chest, it yells into the mic before it’s clear what it wants to say. For instance, hints of gay sexual repression between the frequently shirtless friends are alluded to without payoff (gaybait first, resolve never). Such untied strings are common throughout. In many ways the work is a lost youth without any clear direction or purpose. It can’t decide whether it wants to damn the man, do the man, or be the man. But in order for us to make sense of its world, it needs to offer more than vague concepts with no clear reasons to care – or what’s the meaning of it all?"
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Marc Wheeler

Stage Scene LA - Recommended

"...A coming-of-age tale/homoerotic teen bromance unfolding in the Reagan 1980s to a punk rock soundtrack set to mute. Meet Gregory S. Moss’s punkplay, the electrifying latest from Circle X Theatre Co., an edgy/nostalgic dramedy with occasional forays into “WTF is that supposed to mean?” territory."
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Steven Stanley

Stage Raw - Highly Recommended

"...Performances from the ensemble are charming, but Gearing carries the show. His sincerity is so refreshing, an audience might be forgiven for considering going back in time to younger and simpler years and reliving the agony of youth all over again."
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Vanessa Cate

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