Posted by: Tanya Starcevich | August 17, 2014

Theatricum Botanicum is in Full Bloom! Enjoy a night under the stars!

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“CRITIC’s CHOICE… Geer’s title role performance [rivals] the best male interpreters in intensity and heartbreak… Her harrowing storm scene traversing the front and rear of the venue is a high point in the staging’s spectacular use of its outdoor canyon environs.” — Los Angeles TimesFull Review Here“A revitalized statement on female authority, oedipal succor and the tragedy of enlightenment… the layers create a new tragedy as it plays out with subtle alterations…  a 360 degree swivel in your seat, visually entertaining ride… Ellen Geer at her best… King Lear is dead. Long live the Queen!”  — Eye Spy LAFull Review Here

“Striking.. Ellen Geer is formidable… the natural elements create an imposing presence in the usually peaceful glen.” — Shakespeare In LA
Full Review Here“BRILLIANT… In a society which is inching ever closer to race, religious and gender equality, not to mention equal pay for equal work, a female Lear just makes sense…this “Lear” stays true to the playwright’s intention, motivation and language mainly by staying true to itself… touch[es] on the human condition like a rainbow touches air.” – NoHoArtsDistrict.comFull Review Here“ENTHRALLING. the great performances heightened by the beauty of the venue… the gender reversal…  makes this production fresh and interesting, ”– Examiner.comFull Review Here

“Extraordinary… works brilliantly!…Theatricum’s production takes risks, yet stays within the bounds of Shakespeare’s original work. The theater, set outside in a wooded alcove, is spectacular.” — La La Scoop
Full Review Here

“STUNNING… intriguing, funny and ultimately, heartbreaking… A must-see!” –Topanga MessengerFull Review Here

“Extraordinary… inspired… a theatrical version of Cinerama — and it’s all in 3-D and living color! Lear’s madness scene on a rooftop is stunningly staged and there is plenty of swordplay onstage and gamboling through the woods” — Hollywood Progressive
Full Review Here

“A truly thrilling theater experience… this gender-reversed production is a feast for the body and soul… the entire cast is terrific!” — Reviewplays.comFull Review Here

 

“A must see… I found myself shaking my head in awe of how well it worked, this risk of shifting genders… the acting is superb. Ellen Geer gives an exceptional performance as Queen Lear.… come prepared for a lovely evening of theatre, woods, food, and fun!” —Life In LAFull Review Here

ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL

CRITIC’S CHOICE… upends preconceptions and provokes thought… centered by a never-better Willow Geer, whose supremely lucid Helena is an eloquent, self-actualized heroine for any era…“All’s Well” may not be a flawless work, but it nonetheless ends well here.” — Los Angeles TimesFull Review Here
“Magical!… a rarely performed work of the Bard’s that you may not have already seen a dozen times” —‘Will Call for Theaterfull review here
The perfect summer outing or date-night theater event… All’s Well is packed full of delightful one-liners and memorable quotes… The physical comedy makes this play soar…diverse casting lends a marvelous cultural depth and honesty” —Topanga MessengerFull Review Here“RECOMMENDED…a fun show.. It’s quick, slick, and provides a great opportunity to see one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known plays with a fine cast, a unique venue and to enjoy more than a few laughs along the way.” — Stage RawFull Review Here

Much Ado About Nothing

“A rollicking good time” — Los Angeles Times
full review here
“The story comes to life anew under the stars and sycamore trees…. convincing, compelling, funny.” — Life In LAfull review here 
“A standing ovation from the Theatricum Botanicum crowd, as they were treated to a sublime performance.” –  Living Out Loud Los Angelesfull review here
“Romantic and witty… harmoniously delivered… a wonderful evening under the stars.” — LA Splashfull review here
“Theatricum Botanicum has once again delivered a terrific bit of theater… [a] gem… I wholeheartedly recommend this production. — Stage Happeningsfull review here
“INCREDIBLY SATISFYING… impossible not to smile throughout.” — Mommy Blog Expertfull review here

 

2014 Season Productions

 

REVIEWS 2013The Taming of the ShrewLos Angeles Times “Critics Pick”Edge Los AngelesShakespeare in LASplash Magazine Los Angelesexaminer.comanother review form the examiner

“CRITIC’S CHOICE! This rip-roaring take on William Shakespeare’s ever-popular romantic comedy opens the 40th anniversary season at this incomparable outdoor venue with marvelous forward momentum… [a] riotous, delightfully fun-filled romp.” — Los Angeles Times

FIVE STARS! every aspect of this production is remarkable… wild and perfect.” – L.A. Performing Arts Examiner

Boisterous, bawdy and big fun, Theatricum’s ‘Shrew’ is a must see” — LA Theater Examiner

“A brilliant production full of mirth, mischief and above all love…  Theatricum Botanicum delivers in a big way.” — Culver City News

“A gleeful production … This beautiful theater hidden away in the hills of Topanga and its skilled cast breathe new life into this old story.” — EDGE

“Organized mayhem… [a] naughty, bawdy, rowdy farce.” — LA Progressive

“A wonderful rowdy comedy Shakespeare at its best in the fairytale setting of Topanga Canyon” — LA Splash

“FUNNY! Geer’s screams of frustration are believable… Gerald C. Rivers is hilarious as Christopher Sly.” – Examiner.com

“Delightful… A fast-paced comedy that charms and delights the audience the perfect date play for -summer” – Topanga Messenger

“Fast-paced- and acrobatic, with enough music, movement, and silly sound effects to keep whole families entertained from start to finish… the rustic, idyllic setting can convert the pickiest picnickers to fans of the bard..” – LA Mommy Poppins

 

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