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The plays of Nicky Silver expose the hypocrisies of heteronormative society—i.e., family life—through the lens of queer disruptor: the attractive young son, brother-in-law, or next door neighbor transgressing acceptable boundaries in contemporary takes that have been frequently and favorably compared to the works of Joe Orton.

TOO MUCH SUN—in its local premiere, directed by Bart DeLorenzo—revolves around one of Silver’s signature monsters-of-ego: a stage actress, Audrey Langham (Diane Cary), who, in her opening scene, hilariously upbraids her director during rehearsal and walks out the theater. (The play was written for Linda Lavin, who played Audrey in the 2014 New York production at the Vineyard.)

Rather than go on with the show, Audrey repairs to the Cape Cod cottage of her estranged daughter Kitty (Autumn Reeser) for a little rest and recreational husband-hunting. (She’s hoping to land number six.) Audrey’s fall from grace seems to trigger similar acts and revelations from her immediate cohort: her son-in law Dennis (Bryan Langlitz), and father and son neighbors Winston (Clint Jordan) and Lucas—the wild card (Bailey Edwards).

Silver is a rare farceur whose work is always welcome. This time around, Silver’s characters are under a titular spell, addled by the heat and showing little ability to sustainably overcome a pervasive sense of apathy and exhaustion. TOO MUCH SUN is a transitional work for its author, his last “New York play” before moving to London last year.


Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 pm.

Sunday at 2 pm.

Through April 28.

Odyssey Theatre

2055 South Sepulveda Boulevard, West Los Angeles.

From top: Diane Cary in her Too Much Sun opening monologue, Odyssey Theatre, 2019; Bailey Edwards (left), Cary, Bryan Langlitz, and Autumn Reeser; Cary and Clint Jordan; Reeser; Langlitz and Edwards; Cary and Reeser. Photographs by Jeff Lorch.


Investigating themes of detachment, pleasure, withdrawal, and aging, Kevin Williamson presents three performances of GNARLED, his collaborative duets with movement artists Barry Brannum, Mallory Fabian, Jasmine Jawato, Carol McDowell and Sebastian Hernandez—whose Hypanthium recently brought down the house at Redcat.

GNARLED is the closing work of this season’s Dance at the Odyssey Theatre.


Friday and Saturday, February 8 and 9, at 8 pm.

Sunday, February 10, at 2 pm.

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

2055 South Sepulveda Boulevard, West Los Angeles.

From top: GnarledKevin Williamson, images courtesy Kevin Williamson and Odyssey Theatre Ensemble; Fruit, 2009, Williamson’s first evening-length work, photograph by Ryan Patterson, courtesy the photographer.


“Working catharsis is my art form, and one of the ways I do that is by the time-honored tradition of making something ridiculous…

“My job as a theater artist is to remind people of things they’ve forgotten about, or they’ve dismissed or buried, or other people have buried for them.” — Taylor Mac, PARIS LA*

Mac—an incandescent magpie of modern culture—is a champion of what he calls “authentic failure,” a process where the performer goes out on a limb and stays there:

“There’s something about getting up there, risking, falling flat on your ass, and then picking yourself up, that—when you’re watching it on a stage—is profound.”*

Mac the performer, in his transformative 24-Decade History of Popular Music shows, risks everything for six, twelve, twenty-four hours at a time. Mac the playwright concentrates his gender-queer socialism into two-hour projects and sends his actors out to walk the plank, where they thrive.

HIR—Mac’s 2014 play in its Los Angeles premiere at the Odyssey—is a wonderfully disturbing satire that imagines a long-abused family reaching its greatest potential by taking revenge on the abusive patriarch (Ron Bottitta), who was—according to his wife—another “mediocre straight white man who’s barely lifting a finger but thinks he’s lifting the world.”

Mom (Cynthia Kania)—who spends enriching weekends at the local museum with her daughter-turned-son Max (Puppett)—no longer cooks or cleans, so when soldier son Isaac (Zack Gearing) returns home from the Middle East, he walks into an exploded kitchen-sink drama of familial detritus.

“Hir”—pronounced “here”—is a pronoun that floats between “her” and “his.” HIR, the play, will be on the boards for only six more weeks. so get your tickets now.


Through March 17.

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

2055 South Sepulveda Boulevard, West Los Angeles.

*See “A Time to Be Born: Taylor Mac in conversation with Barlo Perry, PARIS LA 15 (Spring 2017): 78–85.

From top: Cynthia Kania (left), Ron Bottitta, and Puppett in Hir; Kania, Puppett, and Zack Gearing; Kania; Gearing, Kania, and Puppett; Gearing, Bottitta, and Kania. Photographs by Enci Box.


New work by L.A. Contemporary Dance Company artistic director Genevieve CarsonSzalt dance company founder Stephanie Zaletel, and L.A. Dance Project star Nathan Makolandra will be showcased in RIFT, LACDC’s upcoming engagement at the Odyssey, weekends two and three of the theater’s 2018 dance festival.

The company will present an encore performance of RIFT at El Camino College in March, 2019, danced by Christian Beasley, Genevieve Carson, Hyosun Choi, Kate Coleman, Lenin Fernandez, Jamila Glass, Tess Hewlett, JM Rodriguez, Ryan Ruiz, Drea Sobke, and Tiffany Sweat.



Saturday, March 16, at 8 pm.

El Camino College

Marsee Auditorium

16007 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance.



Friday and Saturday, January 26 and 27, at 8 pm.

Friday and Saturday, February 2 and 3, at 8 pm.

Sunday, February 4, at 2 pm.

Odyssey Theatre
2055 South Sepulveda Boulevard, West Los Angeles.

From top: Genevieve Carson, photograph by Taso Papadakis for the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company; Nomad.Lore, choreographed by Nathan Makolandra, photograph by Robby Sweeny; Makolandra, image courtesy L.A. Dance Project; LACDC, Force Majeure, photograph by Taso Papadakis.


Micaela Taylor + The TL Collective kick off this year’s iteration of Dance at the Odyssey. With their signature fusion of contemporary dance and theatrical hip hop, Taylor and company—Sam McReynolds, Julienne Mackey, Jessie Thorne—will dance the premiere of Taylor’s ROSEWOOD.


MICAELA TAYLOR + THE TL COLLECTIVE—ROSEWOOD, Saturday, January 20, at 8 pm. Sunday, January 21, at 2 pm.
ODYSSEY THEATRE, 2055 South Sepulveda Boulevard, West Los Angeles.
Micaela Taylor. Image credit: Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and Micaela Taylor.
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