Department of Dreams

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City Garage is pleased to present the world premiere of Kosovar playwright Jeton Neziraj’s Department of Dreams. In this nightmarish, Orwellian comedy an autocratic government demands its citizens deposit their dreams in a central bureaucratic depository so that it can exert the fullest possible control of their imaginations. In this vast, underground complex, civil servants like Dan, a new hire for the prized job of Interpreter, sift patiently through the nation’s dreams looking for threats to the government’s authority. If order is to be maintained, deviance must be extinguished and imagination co-opted. Dan works hard and tries stubbornly to survive in this strange dream world but finds nothing is as it seems except the authority that rules it. Don’t miss the world premiere of this new play from one of Europe’s most remarkable playwrights.

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It caps off an ostensibly seductive yet ultimately desultory production that could use a couple of firm feet on the ground.

sour - Julia Lloyd George - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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Exactly what is said Department of Dreams? It functions as a depository of dreams, their analysis and sometimes their recycling. Citizens turn in dreams and the interpreters decide if the dream is important or trivial.  Important dreams can reveal vital intelligence, such as plots against the government or the identity of traitors. The Department of course functions as a tool of repression, as well as a bureaucracy of those obsessed with their own position.

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Kosovo dramatist Jeton Neziraj’s play, Department of Dreams, received its world premier in Santa Monica’s City Garage, located in the art center, Bergamot Station. In an odd way, that seems almost appropriate for this experimental company, who have long been committed to French and other European adventuresome productions under the direction of Frėdėrique Michel and Charles A. Buncombe. If their productions have not always been the most scintillating of acting and direction, they have always been interesting, and the company has always committed to daring works by major European and American authors. And for years, the company has challenged us where many other Los Angeles theaters have resisted.

Neziraji’s play is a perfect example of their exceptional perceptions.

sweet - Douglas Messerli - US Theater - ...read full review


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This is not an easy play. It’s difficult to understand, at times incomprehensible. But it is important work by a world-class playwright who challenges our complacency at every twist and turn.

sweet - F. Kathleen Foley - LA Times - ...read full review


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It caps off an ostensibly seductive yet ultimately desultory production that could use a couple of firm feet on the ground.

sour - Julia Lloyd George - Stage Raw - ...read full review


David MacDowell Blue

Exactly what is said Department of Dreams? It functions as a depository of dreams, their analysis and sometimes their recycling. Citizens turn in dreams and the interpreters decide if the dream is important or trivial.  Important dreams can reveal vital intelligence, such as plots against the government or the identity of traitors. The Department of course functions as a tool of repression, as well as a bureaucracy of those obsessed with their own position.

sweet - David MacDowell Blue - Night Tinted Glasses - ...read full review


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Kosovo dramatist Jeton Neziraj’s play, Department of Dreams, received its world premier in Santa Monica’s City Garage, located in the art center, Bergamot Station. In an odd way, that seems almost appropriate for this experimental company, who have long been committed to French and other European adventuresome productions under the direction of Frėdėrique Michel and Charles A. Buncombe. If their productions have not always been the most scintillating of acting and direction, they have always been interesting, and the company has always committed to daring works by major European and American authors. And for years, the company has challenged us where many other Los Angeles theaters have resisted.

Neziraji’s play is a perfect example of their exceptional perceptions.

sweet - Douglas Messerli - US Theater - ...read full review


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This is not an easy play. It’s difficult to understand, at times incomprehensible. But it is important work by a world-class playwright who challenges our complacency at every twist and turn.

sweet - F. Kathleen Foley - LA Times - ...read full review