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  Walking to Buchenwald at Atwater Village Theatre

Walking to Buchenwald

Atwater Village Theatre
3269 Casitas Ave Atwater Village

A protean comedy with shattering consequences. When Schiller and Arjay take Schiller's parents to Europe, both couples learn what it means to be American in a world that no longer admires the U.S. Guinea pigs playing cricket, dead bodies that talk and an unexpected trip to a concentration camp lead to a shocking yet poignant conclusion.

Thru - Oct 14, 2017

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

Price: $30

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 323-644-1929

  Walking to Buchenwald Reviews
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Los Angeles Times - Somewhat Recommended

"...Inspired by a European tour Jacobson took with his parents and his partner, the play is a kind of staged travelogue, and watching it is like watching somebody’s vacation slide show getting acted out, except with an undercurrent of growing menace. While preoccupied by the logistics of tourism — taxis, naps, food, differing tastes in museums — the characters move along on a disturbing journey of self-discovery, forced to confront what it means to be American in the world today."
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Margaret Gray

Broadway World - Recommended

"...The world premiere of playwright Tom Jacobson's WALKING TO BUCHENWALD receives a sturdy outing from Open Fist with the ensemble's strong performances of his three-dimensional characters steered firm-handedly by Roderick Menzies."
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Gil Kaan

Stage and Cinema - Recommended

"...Open Fist confidently launches this world premiere with a terrific cast. Will Bradley does a star turn in the Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder vein. With a dizzying array of accents and personal quirks, he knowingly portrays all the minor characters. Bradley's performance is a tour de force in gorgeous miniature. He shows us not just how Europeans view Americans, but how we view ourselves."
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Samuel Garza Bernstein

Living Out Loud Los Angeles - Highly Recommended

"..."Walking to Buchenwald" is a smart, sharp and audacious look in the mirror. The familial elements add a touch of charm that makes the hard truth easier to swallow. Catch it while you can."
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Francisco Reyes

Theatre Notes - Recommended

"...The episodic structure of the play with its brief scenes does not lead to much depth of character, but that may be the intention. The play is political in nature, skewering the current president, who is not named, and bringing up the many sins of the American past. It is a cautionary tale. Is this walk to Buchenwald a foreshadowing of a slouch towards Bethlehem?"
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Paul Myrvold

Ticket Holders LA - Recommended

"...It's a pleasure to see actors of a "certain age" like Martin and Laura James given a chance to play older people without the usual stereotypically underwritten obstacles. Both veteran performers are absolutely splendid as characters who, though long-in-tooth, still have epiphanies that help them grow up a little as they travel to a faraway mysterious land where they oddly feel freer than they ever did in their own country. Abellera finds wonderful warmth, patience, and inner resilience as Arjay, but unfortunately Schneider simply works too hard, eventually making her one-dimensional Schiller more annoying than endearing."
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Travis Michael Holder

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