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The Gary Plays

Atwater Village Theatre
3269 Casitas Ave Atwater Village

Fans of seminal playwright and Padua Hills Playwrights Festival founder Murray Mednick are in for a treat: Open Fist Theatre Company presents Mednick’s entire “The Gary Plays” series in one epic production. Originated by Padua Playwrights and developed in workshops over a two-year period by Open Fist, “The Gary Plays” chronicles the odyssey of unemployed actor Gary Bean, Mednick’s everyman/anti-hero who has been hailed by KCRW as “a sort of L.A. Leopold Bloom.” Audiences can choose to follow Gary’s journey over the course of three evenings — or view all six plays on a single Sunday.

Thru - Jun 10, 2017

Price: $30

Show Type: Performance Art

Box Office: 323-644-1929

  The Gary Plays Reviews
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Edge - Recommended

"...This month, the adventurous Open Fist Theatre Company took six of the eight of his "The Gary Plays," and, under the intelligent and exacting direction of Guy Zimmerman, illustrated Mednick's poetic bent, taking dialogue which is day-to-day common and making them, within a iambic pentameter rhythm, exhilarating and meaningful."
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Dale Reynolds

On Stage Los Angeles - Highly Recommended

"...These lengthy and very involved plays by Murray Mednick are worthy of a scholarly approach with attention to their inspiration. I can highly recommend each one, but also recommend that seeing all three in one day will be overwhelming and exhausting. Mednick’s writing smacks of the scholar that he most certainly is and the issues he embraces in such a way as to gather the audience in and then wrap them in an enigma that.. perhaps….. taken in smaller bites might be better served. "
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Stage Raw - Somewhat Recommended

"...Playwright Murray Mednick's The Gary Plays are a set of six one-act works that depict the travails of unemployed actor Gary Bean following the random killing of his adult child. While Mednick's plays, which lean towards abstruse, non-linear and lyrically dense storytelling, aren't everyone's cup of tea, they can also be intriguing, heartbreaking and uplifting, and for the most part this was the case with the two I attended."
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Martin Hernandez

Theatre Notes - Highly Recommended

"...Directed with a sure hand by Guy Zimmerman, the cast, headed by the excellent Jeff LeBeau, is uniformly superb, each character rendered in rich, nuanced detail. Produced by Open Fist Theatre Company, the show is handsomely mounted with a minimalist, open-stage set by scenic designer Jeff Rack, lit with great subtly by lighting designer Dan Reed, and enhanced by the superb projections designed by Hana S. Kim. The extraordinary sound design by John Zalewski underscores the entire play, often with such extreme subtly that it is almost subliminal. Costumes by designer Kharen Zeunert fully support characters and action."
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Paul Myrvold

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