Lights! Camera! Reduction!
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the theatre, Actors Theatre is thrilled to open our season with the latest and greatest from the masters of miniaturization themselves - The Reduced Shakespeare Company (in the flesh)! After slicing Shakespeare and dicing the Bible the RSC boldly go where few would dare - Tinseltown! This bad boy daredevil troupe cuts through the celluloid and gives Hollywood much more than just a nip and tuck. This show is a high-speed, roller-coaster type condensation of Hollywood (the movies and the mindset) and is not recommended for people with heart ailments, back problems, film degrees, inner ear disorders, and/or people inclined to motion sickness. The Reduced Shakespeare Company can not be held responsible for expectant mothers. Completely Hollywood (abridged) is rated PG-13: Pretty Good if You're 13.
A Global Techno-Comedy.
Jennifer is just an average 22-year-old who re-engineers obsolete missile components for the US Army from her bedroom computer. She also happens to be an obsessive-compulsive agoraphobic with an IQ that is off the charts. When she decides to meet her birth mother in China, she uses her technological genius to devise a new form of human contact. This boldly irreverent new comedy chronicles Jennifer's quest to determine her heritage and face her fears with the help of a Mormon missionary, a pizza delivery guy, and her astounding robotic creation - Jenny Chow.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS PLAY CONTAINS MATURE THEMES AND ADULT LANGUAGE Arizona Republic Preview (go here) Get Out Preview (go here) Matthew Wiener Backstage Pass in Phoenix New Times (go here) Check out all the reviewshere
Spectacular Holiday Musical
Dickens' classic story of redemption and hope is ingeniously re-imagined as only Actors Theatre can in this spectacular musical with original songs, festive dance numbers and dazzling special effects. With an endearing cast of familiar and new faces each year, it's a great way to celebrate the "spirits" of the holidays with the entire family. Sure to warm the hearts of children of all ages.
Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation!
Pain is not the 18th century Anglo-American revolutionary, but an American everyman for the 21st century. He speaks to us of his own pain as he draws his audience into his last-ditch plea for empathy and enlightenment. Through Thom Pain, writer Will Eno beguilingly muses on childhood, yearning, disappointment and loss, cataloguing the eternal agonies and occasional joys of the human condition without ever losing sight of the peculiar, alienated brittleness of our own times. For anyone who has ever loved and lost, or never loved and lost anyway. Whatever.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS PLAY CONTAINS MATURE THEMES AND ADULT LANGUAGE
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The comedy that scrubs the dirt off the American Dream.
Middle-aged Molly and twenty-something Claire are caught in the working class vise, desperately clinging to low-wage jobs that barely allow them to make ends meet. The pay stinks, the corporate system sucks, and the boss is a jerk. Welcome to Richard Dresser's newest pressure cooker comedy (past favorites include: Below the Belt, GunShy, Something in the Air and Rounding Third). Picking up where last season's smash hit Nickel and Dimed left off - how can a pair of maids get their slice of the American Dream? A company retreat in Augusta may hold the key.
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The Pillowman will haunt your dreams.
Katurian, a writer of horrifying short stories, is interrogated by the police in an unnamed totalitarian state. Gruesome crimes that mirror his short stories are being committed against children in his community. As the detectives perfect their good cop/bad cop routine, we enter into the darkly funny and disturbing world of the writer's imagination. With black humor and an ironic bite that masks a deeply serious sense of purpose, The Pillowman asks many provocative questions - including: does violence in our society lead to violent art, or does violent art lead to violence in our society?
PLEASE NOTE: THIS PLAY CONTAINS SCENES, LANGUAGE AND THEMES THAT SOME MAY FIND DISTURBING. NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN OR THOSE WHO MAY BE EASILY OFFENDED.
Seen it already? Tell us what you thought! Submit your patron review here. Read patron and media reviews here. Arizona Republic Previewhere. Check out our NEW BLOG! here. Check out other cool stuff about the show here. And grab a sneak preview from our First Rehearsal Party below!