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LA Theater Review
Director Douglas Clayton and his cast elevate Rogers' words, be they damning or mundane, to perfection. The actors handle Rogers' format, a 95-minute one-act series of monologues, so expertly that the resulting stories seem to be uttered out loud for the very first time. Doerr's delivery is astonishing in this regard, as his character wrestles with an internal barometer born of his position in liberal academia. Meanwhile, Clyde captures the heart-wrenching duality of a woman mourning the lost opportunities of her past and that of her never-to-be-cured child. Knickerbocker's quintessentially stiff-backed legal lion is dramatic characterization at its finest, demonstrating an ultimately tragic devotion to the business at hand.
As Clayton guides this trio in and around scenic designer Helen Harwell's gray-colored set of geometric shapes and fragmented sections made of bars, their stories unfold with increasing intensity. Harwell's design provides depth for the eye yet maintains the focus on the actors whose characters struggle with their individual fears, prejudice, and, in some cases, life-altering guilt. And following the movement at every turn, as though illuminating the darkest recesses of their souls, is Christian Epps' beautifully rendered lighting design.
Presented by the Road Theatre Company at the Lankershim Arts Center, 5108 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. May 21–July 10. Repertory schedule. (818) 761-8829. www.roadtheatre.org.
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