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LA Theater Review
Blood and Thunder
Anthony's script is tautly written, his characters are finely drawn, and the actors give solid performances, but the production is marred by an awkward and confusing nonlinear structure. Though the action seems continuous, it's interspersed with flashbacks and a fantasy sequence, so that it takes far too long to puzzle out the sequence of events.
Both brothers are feckless schemers, better at planning con games than at carrying them out, but they are finely contrasted. Bolden's Marcus is more ruthless and brutal, while Williams' Quentin is gentler, more desperate, and more conciliatory. Afia's Charlie is tough but vulnerable and painfully aware that both brothers are impractical dreamers. Director Sara Wagner elicits excellent performances from her actors, but one wishes she'd found clearer ways to differentiate between flashbacks, fantasy, and the ongoing reality of the hurricane. Jorge I. Velasquez provides the effectively fragmenting set, and Jason Duplissea's sound design keeps us aware of Katrina's mounting fury.
Presented by and at Moving Arts Hyperion Station, 1822 Hyperion Ave., L.A. Oct. 9–Dec. 19. Fri.–Sat., 8 p.m. (323) 666-3259. www.movingarts.org.
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