adaptation with music
of Friedrich Durrenmatt's THE VISIT
A desperate town. A
billion dollars. A single choice.
Based on Durrenmatt's classic tale of revenge and redemption.
24 - MARCH 26, 2006
Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm / Sundays @ 7pm
Pay-What-You-Can PREVIEW - Thurs, Feb. 23 @ 8pm
NO PERFORMANCE SUNDAY, MARCH 5
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& Directed by John Wuchte
Produced by Brandon Clark & John Wuchte
Music by Maksim Velichkin
eunuchs, bizarre butlers, drumming, chanting and much more!
Jaime Andrews, Taylor Baugh, Bryan Endress-Fox,
Mitchel Evans, Joe Hendrix, Stacey Jackson,
Kerri-Anne Lavin, Tracy Mulholland, Laura Napoli,
Eric Oleson, Mark Petrie, Terra Shelman & Scot Young
Pianist & Cellist - Maksim Velichkin / Guitar - Kerri-Anne Lavin & Tracy Mulholland
Mark McClain Wilson
Miss Terri Velour
Janét Vincent Lee
L.A. Weekly ("GO")
Friedrich Durrenmatt’s 1956 The Visit is a tale of revenge, malevolence, deadly intentions, a familiar image of the mephitic, cynical times of a morally bankrupt world. In this humorous adaptation by John Wuchte, there is no pretension of higher, humane values; the story involves a wealthy woman (played with venomous, seductive élan by Terra Shelman), who returns with a simple plan to the town she left 17 years ago, disgraced and impregnated by Alfred (Scot Young). She spreads around her wealth liberally in order to convince the avaricious townsfolk to kill Alfred — a plan that takes many twists and turns. Notwithstanding an ambiguous finale, Wuchte’s fine production and excellent adaptation imbues a sardonic, comic coloring to this otherwise bleak tale of revenge by adding some flawless choreography. Gone is Durrenmatt’s moral indignation, which Wuchte spins into satire like a gyroscope that just keeps whirling and humming with glee.
-- Lovell Estell III
The Sacred Fools rush in, as the saying goes, with a brash, fearless and playfully unconventional staging in "Claire Z.," a gesture-based adaptation of the 1956 Friedrich Durrenmatt chestnut, "The Visit."
-- Philip Brandes