EVERYTHING THAT NEVER HAPPENED

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Reviews: 6

Audience

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Forget everything you think you know about Shylock; this world premiere fills the gaps in Shakespeare's tale and exposes the realities of Jewish history. Mantell's fresh and time-bending story is rich with humor and heartbreak while bridging the 16th century with today and beyond. What do we lose or gain by leaving our own culture? And what sacrifices does love demand of fathers and daughters, lovers and friends? Everything That Never Happened is a play about disguise, assimilation, pomegranates, and everything Shakespeare left out.

SPECIAL EVENTS

- Thu, Oct 11: Public Discourse Night - All tickets come with one free drink token to use at T'Boyle's Tavern after the performance.

- Sat, Oct 13, 2pm: $5 Community Matinee

ILLUMINATIONS DISCUSSIONS

- Sun, Sep 16, 2pm: Free reading of The Merchant of Venice, with a post-show discussion about the politics and prejudices that play generates (FREE, but RSVP Herecall_made.)

- Thu, Sep 20, 7pm: A discussion with playwright Sarah B. Mantell

- Sun, Oct 7: Post-Show on playwriting with Sarah B. Mantell

- Fri, Oct 19: Post-Show on Acting

- Sun, Oct 21, 1:15pm: Pre-Show on Theme: Assimilation and InterFaith Marriage with Rabbi Keara Stein

- Thu, Oct 25: Post-Show on Acting

- Sun, Oct 28: Post-Show on Design

- Fri, Nov 2: Post-Show on Directing

Reviews

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"Boston Court does a clean and moving job of putting Mantell's timely and affecting piece front and center – a treat from our only Pasadena theater focused on living playwrights and emerging work. New work, yes, but destined to last."

sweet - Melanie Hooks - Colorado Boulevard - ...read full review


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"Anything is acceptable in the theatre if it works. In this case, even as skilled a director as Jessica Kubzanzky cannot overcome the writing's self-indulgence and the result is something of a well-intended muddle."

sour - Sylvie Drake - Cultural Weekly - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman
"Everything That Never Happened builds around two vibrant, likable characters: both possess humor and a strong moral sense but are compelled by emotion to abandon their best instincts and act badly. It's an intense story with universal themes: youth versus age, and the impulse to honor and duty versus the desire for a life worth living for oneself."

sweet - Deborah Klugman - StageRaw - ...read full review


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"It's hard to imagine a finer production of this play. The set is beautifully simple and flexible. The direction crisp. The acting and casting near ideal for the script. Unfortunately the script ultimately falls prey to it's own machinery."

sweet-sour - Anthony Byrnes - KCRW 89.9 FM - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Even those who haven't done their Merchant Of Venice homework will find much to savor in Everything That Never Happened. Brush up on your Shakespeare and you'll appreciate it even more."

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


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"Theatrical magic happens when all the elements of a production come together to form a seamless whole; when the text, direction, acting, and technical contributions feel so organically intertwined that it is hard to tell where one person's work ends, and another's begins. Everything That Never Happened at the Boston Court is intelligent, funny, and quite beautiful. It is also magic — a complete universe unto itself. Playwright Sarah B. Mantell, director Jessica Kubzansky, a gifted team of designers and technical staff, and a marvelous cast take you into an entirely reimagined world, influenced, but not defined by, The Merchant of Venice."

sweet - Samuel Garza Bernstein - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


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"Boston Court does a clean and moving job of putting Mantell's timely and affecting piece front and center – a treat from our only Pasadena theater focused on living playwrights and emerging work. New work, yes, but destined to last."

sweet - Melanie Hooks - Colorado Boulevard - ...read full review


Avatar
"Anything is acceptable in the theatre if it works. In this case, even as skilled a director as Jessica Kubzanzky cannot overcome the writing's self-indulgence and the result is something of a well-intended muddle."

sour - Sylvie Drake - Cultural Weekly - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman
"Everything That Never Happened builds around two vibrant, likable characters: both possess humor and a strong moral sense but are compelled by emotion to abandon their best instincts and act badly. It's an intense story with universal themes: youth versus age, and the impulse to honor and duty versus the desire for a life worth living for oneself."

sweet - Deborah Klugman - StageRaw - ...read full review


Avatar
"It's hard to imagine a finer production of this play. The set is beautifully simple and flexible. The direction crisp. The acting and casting near ideal for the script. Unfortunately the script ultimately falls prey to it's own machinery."

sweet-sour - Anthony Byrnes - KCRW 89.9 FM - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Even those who haven't done their Merchant Of Venice homework will find much to savor in Everything That Never Happened. Brush up on your Shakespeare and you'll appreciate it even more."

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


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"Theatrical magic happens when all the elements of a production come together to form a seamless whole; when the text, direction, acting, and technical contributions feel so organically intertwined that it is hard to tell where one person's work ends, and another's begins. Everything That Never Happened at the Boston Court is intelligent, funny, and quite beautiful. It is also magic — a complete universe unto itself. Playwright Sarah B. Mantell, director Jessica Kubzansky, a gifted team of designers and technical staff, and a marvelous cast take you into an entirely reimagined world, influenced, but not defined by, The Merchant of Venice."

sweet - Samuel Garza Bernstein - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review