[NoHo Arts District, CA] – Noho Arts theater review Cyndy A. Marion’s broken story Directed by Tamara Lapert, produced in New York City. White Horse Theater Company in relation to 134 Westand at the Sherry Theater until November 27.
This is Cindy A. Marion’s West Coast premiere. broken story Brought to LA by the New York-based White Horse Theater Company. The play is inspired by the murder of writer Susan Berman and her friendship with serial killer Robert Durst. But it really is a story of its own. A young aspiring journalist, Jess has always been a fan, almost an obsession, of novelist Jane Hartman. When she hears of her murder, she takes her first plane she finds to Los Angeles and goes directly to her novelist’s home to investigate. As she finds the crime scene unlocked and deserted, and walking through her lifelong fascination hometown, there is much more to this story than she first saw. One thing is immediately clear.
The play flips back and forth between Jess’ present day and Jane’s life leading up to her death. Although the two have never met, there is clearly a deep connection, an ease between the two, a familiarity that makes the passing of time and conversations between the two seem natural rather than supernatural. Looking around the house to find the, Jane’s manager climbs in through an open window expecting the same. Jane’s girlfriend’s best friend also makes an appearance, and then Jane Hartman’s life unfolds on stage in vivid detail.
The drama has a kind of symbiotic duality from the beginning. Interesting meta-specificity for every line, every nuance of each encounter.
Writer Cindy A. Marion deftly guides the lives of the people she cares about, and the encounters between characters are tinged with color and unfolded little by little. Never let anything too obvious or mundane beat us down.
So we are drawn into the story more and more, unable to look away for a single moment for fear of missing an important clue, an all-encompassing detail.
This is a finely crafted play underpinned by truly masterful performances, and the layered secret universe it creates is compellingly intense.
The 4th wall has been completely broken and there are many other real-life rules. But there are no gimmicks in the work. Only splendid characters and suspense drama. There are Agatha Christie scents, Hitchcock soups, and a dash of “Usual Suspects.” But all its seductive references are subtly woven, mere undertows, subconscious elementals.
I loved Broken Story and happily stayed after the show for talkback with the producers and writers. Both are brilliant, strong, and completely devoted to their art, but in a less stuffy way and far more magical than that. I have to. Writer Jane and Journalist Jess. After all, isn’t that exactly what we should all be?
broken story Another weekend we’ll be playing NoHo’s lovely Sherry Theater. These brisk nights seem like perfect timing for a crime drama like this. Miss it at your peril!
The cast includes Lyanna Arrows (detention at the Fountain Theater. good and sex day with IATI), Lynn Adriana Friedman (at Madrina Colombo) offer), Lindsay Daniel Gitter (flame dress Austin Pendleton, Off-Broadway), David Hunter Jr.Steal Away: The Living The history of Harriet Tubman at the Hollywood Fringe), Rod Sweitzer (Footnote & The Idiot box with an open fist).
The creative team includes set design by Andis Gjoni (west side story When kiss me kate with the Albanian National Opera), lighting design by Katelan Braymer (drift, timeWhen 90 sugar Wallis), costume design by Derek Nye Lockwood (international tour cutie blonde; HBO Wardrobe Supervisor gossip girl), sound design by Andy Evan Cohen (Orchard Off-Broadway with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Jessica Hecht), composer Joe Gianono (his work is frequently featured on top classical music station WQXR), projection polaroid photography by Gail Thacker (his work is in the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum) Art, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Museum of the City of New York), dramaturgy by Linda S. Nelson (playwright/novelist Cailin Heffernan, playwright Michael Lee Stever, playwright Dramaturges of Roman Feeser, Bob Ost and Phil Olson) ). Production Stage Manager is Hannah Raymond with Assistant Stage Manager Brandi L. Johnson.
Until November 27th
11052 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601
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