Diana of Dobson’s

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A rare revival of Cicely Hamilton’s romantic comedy, an unexpected hit of the 1908 London season. When poorly paid worker Diana inherits enough money to free her from a lifetime of drudgery, she impulsively decides to spend it all on a madcap, month-long taste of the high-life. But what she learns about love, money and society is as timely in 2019 as it was at the turn of the 20th century. April 11-June 3; $15-$35; Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205; (818) 506-1983 or www.antaeus.org.

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Reviews

Gil Kaan
"Playwright Cicely Hamilton's first productions of her DIANA OF DOBSON'S in 1908 must have been quite controversial with a, then unheard of, strong, outspoken woman Diana Massingberd as the lead character. Abigail Marks more than fills the shoes of Diana with her relentless command of the stage, constantly speaking her quite honest mind. Director Casey Stangl deftly guides her talented cast in a fast-talking, fast-paced journey of Diana's adventures."

sweet - Gil Kaan - Broadway World - ...read full review


Erin Conley
"In a time when so many older works that feel dated and problematic for women are continuously revived despite those issues, it is refreshing to see a lesser known play that is so progressive, not to mention fun."

sweet - Erin Conley - On Stage & Screen - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon
"Move over, Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw! A new contemporary of yours has come to town and she is kicking butt! In an exceedingly rare revival, in a mostly “partner-cast” production with two ensembles, the “Kettles” and the “Pots,” the Antaeus Theatre Company presents the 1908 romantic comedy Diana of Dobson’s by British feminist and suffragist (and friend of GBS) Cicely Hamilton. It was the unexpected hit of the 1908 London season, skewering the war between the sexes and positioning its author amongst the highest rungs of class-conscious writers (that you probably never heard of). After its moment in the spotlight it unfairly fell out of view—no doubt because it was written by a woman. All hail the ambitious Antaeus for digging up this absolute gem. I hope the delicious reviews it receives inspires companies everywhere in the English-speaking world to sink their tough Actors’ Equity proletarian hands into this sizzling hot property that positively burns up the stage with wit, sagacity, satire and class."

sweet - Eric Gordon - People's World - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"A largely forgotten frothy romp with feminist teeth now being given a splendiferous 21st-century Antaeus Theatre Company revival. Rarely has a 111-year-old play seemed so fresh and alive and young and worth rediscovering."

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


"Impeccably directed by Casey Stangl, this ensemble is top drawer. I need to point out that the delightful Lynn Milgrim as Mrs. Whyte-Fraser and the polar opposite character, Old Woman, is exquisite. Ben Atkinson, as a hyper-efficient hotel waiter and later as a London Bobby, is just as he should be. Though it may be hard to pull one’s eyes away from heated conflict, glance over at Jazzlyn K. Luckett as a hotel servant as sparks fly center stage. She does not pull focus, simply reacts. I guarantee you will smile. "

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


Gil Kaan
"Playwright Cicely Hamilton's first productions of her DIANA OF DOBSON'S in 1908 must have been quite controversial with a, then unheard of, strong, outspoken woman Diana Massingberd as the lead character. Abigail Marks more than fills the shoes of Diana with her relentless command of the stage, constantly speaking her quite honest mind. Director Casey Stangl deftly guides her talented cast in a fast-talking, fast-paced journey of Diana's adventures."

sweet - Gil Kaan - Broadway World - ...read full review


Erin Conley
"In a time when so many older works that feel dated and problematic for women are continuously revived despite those issues, it is refreshing to see a lesser known play that is so progressive, not to mention fun."

sweet - Erin Conley - On Stage & Screen - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon
"Move over, Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw! A new contemporary of yours has come to town and she is kicking butt! In an exceedingly rare revival, in a mostly “partner-cast” production with two ensembles, the “Kettles” and the “Pots,” the Antaeus Theatre Company presents the 1908 romantic comedy Diana of Dobson’s by British feminist and suffragist (and friend of GBS) Cicely Hamilton. It was the unexpected hit of the 1908 London season, skewering the war between the sexes and positioning its author amongst the highest rungs of class-conscious writers (that you probably never heard of). After its moment in the spotlight it unfairly fell out of view—no doubt because it was written by a woman. All hail the ambitious Antaeus for digging up this absolute gem. I hope the delicious reviews it receives inspires companies everywhere in the English-speaking world to sink their tough Actors’ Equity proletarian hands into this sizzling hot property that positively burns up the stage with wit, sagacity, satire and class."

sweet - Eric Gordon - People's World - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"A largely forgotten frothy romp with feminist teeth now being given a splendiferous 21st-century Antaeus Theatre Company revival. Rarely has a 111-year-old play seemed so fresh and alive and young and worth rediscovering."

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


"Impeccably directed by Casey Stangl, this ensemble is top drawer. I need to point out that the delightful Lynn Milgrim as Mrs. Whyte-Fraser and the polar opposite character, Old Woman, is exquisite. Ben Atkinson, as a hyper-efficient hotel waiter and later as a London Bobby, is just as he should be. Though it may be hard to pull one’s eyes away from heated conflict, glance over at Jazzlyn K. Luckett as a hotel servant as sparks fly center stage. She does not pull focus, simply reacts. I guarantee you will smile. "

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review