It's meant to be a momentous New Year's 2018 in Rotterdam, as Alice has finally found the courage to come out to her parents as a lesbian -- but that bombshell's back-burnered by another big reveal. It turns out Alice's girlfriend Fiona has always identified as male and now wants to live as one, sending their relationship into a tailspin. After playing to sold out houses and critical acclaim in London, Rotterdam won the prestigious 2017 Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in an affiliate theater; the first time a transgender-themed play has ever won. Playwright Jon Brittain's bittersweet comedy features flawed and hilarious characters and a story line that raises powerful questions about love and identity. See this Skylight Theatre production at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City as part of Center Theatre Group's annual Block Party 2019.
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Total Theater - Highly Recommended
"...Jon Brittain's play was first done in London at Theatre503 and was successful there and at L.A.'s Skylight Theater last year, thanks to its mixture of passionate intensity and caustic humor. But more than anything, it is the superb work of the actors that makes this encore production of Rotterdam the triumph it is. They have infused the text with life and heart, and have managed to wring two and a half hours of tears and laughter out of the audience."
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Theater Times - Somewhat Recommended
"...Josh admits he never understood that Alice didn't love him until he saw her with Adrian. That, coupled with Lelani's post-sex admission to Alice that she sent the email outing herself to Alice's parents without permission pushes Alice to follow Adrian to the ferry and back to the UK. We don't get to know how things turn out and its possible we wouldn't want to. Though the play gives Alice a chance to admit she just wants the person Fiona or Adrian is inside, there is something about the way we get there that undermines the victory."
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