This week in Theatre
Review by Rose Desena
It’s hard to believe Creditors is over 100 years old. The power of emotional manipulation is timeless and intriguing, add some betrayal, and you have a spellbinding story. When it premiered in Paris, August Strindberg wrote, “In Paris, the intellectual center of the world, 500 people are sitting in an auditorium silent as mice, stupid enough to expose their brains to my powers of suggestion.”
Jack Stehlin (Gustav) plays the tormentor in this stellar remake of this Strindberg classic. Gustav is a master of the game and digs his spear deep into the guts of his pretty victims with skill and precession. Adolph (Burt Grinstead) is an artist and the husband of a beautiful temptress who is his personal protagonist. Heather Ann Prete (Tekla) is a joy to watch as she prods and pokes at him with her seductive talent.
Gustav visits one afternoon and it will change their perfect or maybe not so perfect lives forever. To say too much more would be a spoiler. All three of these characters work conjointly creating an interesting psychological mystery that will keep you glued to your seat. This brilliantly directed production is a sweet shot of extraordinary theatre that will entertain until the very end with eloquent staging and a great script, bound nicely with the superb acting. All three cast members are phenomenal and work so well together you would think they have been doing this play for years. As one expects, the Odyssey comes through with another winner. Check this out, it will not disappoint.
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Odyssey Theatre & New American Theatre co-production
Written by August Strindberg, New Version David Greig
Directed by David Trainer
Cast: Burt Grinstead, Heather Ann Prete, Jack Stehlin
Runs, 8pm on Wednesdays Oct. 30, Nov. 13, Dec. 14,
Thursdays on Oct. 24, Nov. 7, 21,
8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, 2pm on Sundays (except Oct. 13 at 5 pm)
through December 15, 2013.
Pay what you can performances on Oct. 18, 30 and Nov. 15 only.
2055 South Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025.