5 Things: Chelfitsch

In Chelfitsch: Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner, and the Farewell Speech at RADAR L.A., the actors perform in Japanese with English subtitles, often to great comic effect. As office workers discuss everyday topics – a farewell lunch for a colleague, or the climate control system – their choreographed movements are incongruous, to the point of a […]

Devised Theatre: A Director’s Perspective

In the production As you are now so once were we (previously staged at Ireland’s National Theater, The Abbey, and Dublin’s Absolut Fringe Festival), large cardboard boxes are stacked and unstacked, hoisted and pushed across the stage. And they’re used as props (doors, beds, tables), as the actors illustrate and re-create one day from four […]

A Prisoner’s Meal Fit for an Audience

One of the performances slated this week for RADAR L.A. is  State of Incarceration, political theater from the Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD). The work explores and tells stories about living conditions in California state prisons.  In the next few days, we’ll have a related profile piece, a review of the show, and a video […]