Handjob

Critics

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Reviews: 14

Audience

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Reviews: 0

Fri Sep 20, 8:00pm
Sat Sep 21, 8:00pm
Sun Sep 22, 4:00pm
Mon Sep 23, 8:00pm
Fri Sep 27, 8:00pm
Sat Sep 28, 8:00pm
Sun Sep 29, 4:00pm
Mon Sep 30, 8:00pm
Fri Oct 04, 8:00pm
Sat Oct 05, 8:00pm
Sun Oct 06, 4:00pm
Mon Oct 07, 8:00pm
Fri Oct 11, 8:00pm
Sat Oct 12, 8:00pm
Sun Oct 13, 4:00pm
Mon Oct 14, 8:00pm
Fri Oct 18, 8:00pm
Sat Oct 19, 8:00pm
Sun Oct 20, 4:00pm
Mon Oct 21, 8:00pm

When a gay writer hires a man to work as a “shirtless cleaner,” homophobia, racism and issues of consent bubble to the surface. This outrageous comedy will leave you gasping with shock and laughter as it explores the deepest sensitivities in our culture — with hilarious consequences. (The hilarity is recommended for mature audiences: graphic adult content including male nudity). Sept. 7 through Oct. 21: Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m., and Mondays at 8 p.m.; The Echo Theater Company, Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039; Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays: $34; Monday night performances are $20 in advance, and Pay-What-You-Want at the door (subject to availability); 310-307-3753; www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

Reviews

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"While Erik Patterson’s new play, performed the other afternoon at the Echo Theater Company’s venue at Atwater Village Theater in Los Angeles, is not precisely a major theatrical masterwork, it is, nonetheless certainly an intriguing work, which will allow you to leave the theater with a great many questions about gay sex, sexual exploitation, sexual abusiveness, racial identity, and the white community’s inability to perceive racial concerns—as well as what writer’s do to individuals in involving them into their literary “plots.” There’s lots to chew on here, and lots of issues that simply cannot be answered by either the author or his audience."

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


Gil Kaan
"The Echo Theater Company presents a stunning world premiere of Erik Patterson's HANDJOB. Echo Theatre's artistic director Chris Fields quite ably directs his talented cast, as two sets of actors alternately depict the scenario of a curious, middle-aged gay man hiring a shirtless housekeeper/cleaner for a session of cleaning, leering and lusting. Patterson's very witty and smart script of clever puns and sharp observations gets even more witty and even smarter after a big reveal, that I won't be spoiling."

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


Travis Michael Holder
"Halfway into the play, the title proves playable in a most boldly graphic way, but what could be seen in most other situations as gratuitous, here it is absolutely the opposite. Shocking the heck outta us is exactly what the always-outrageous Erik Patterson wants to accomplish. As Keith (Steven Culp), the playwright’s onstage counterpart, says soon after that little transaction goes south and the characters discuss its impact, “I need to make people uncomfortable. People need to leave this theatre and have this very conversation.” Mission accomplished."

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA - ...read full review


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"In the end, this play just doesn’t work. It lacks stakes; it lacks clarity, specificity, wants, needs, catharsis and plausibility."

sour - Patrick Hurley - That Awesome Theatre Blog - ...read full review


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"the show plunges into enough hot-button social issues to fuel a week’s worth of TV news round tables: consent, harassment, privilege, visibility, racial and sexual stereotyping, and more. In all of this, the show ably succeeds, supported by terrific acting, directing (by the Echo’s artistic director, Chris Fields) and production elements."

sweet - Daryl H. Miller - LA Times - ...read full review


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"This show is not to be pigeonholed as a “Gay play.” It is so much more than that. The ensemble, under the scintillating direction of Chris Fields, is…oh, where is le mot juste? Formidable! Magnifique!... Handjob is without doubt one of the most electrifying shows currently in production in Southern California. Don’t miss it."

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


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"Echo Theater's artistic director Chris Fields who directs Erik Patterson's World Premiere production of HANDJOB was seated in front of me during the opening night of one of the most brilliant pieces of theatre I have ever seen. Cognitive Dissonance notwithstanding... This is an adult program. Period. The issues discussed are hot button issues. The ethics, philosophy and cultural challenges of HANDJOB are complex."

sweet - Michael Sheehan - On Stage Los Angeles - ...read full review


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"Patterson’s play is smart and very funny, and if its reach slightly exceeds its grasp, it’s no matter. The world premiere production by the Echo Theater Company is expertly acted and directed and genuinely thought-provoking in the best way. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Terry Morgan - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Shari Barrett
"The real challenge of the play is keeping your mind open to explore many of the deepest sensitivities in our culture, not only via sexual orientation and content but by race, religion, family upbringing and the general influence of the media to shape the way we look and feel about each other. Kudos to the entire cast and director Chris Fields for their dedication to presenting Erik Patterson’s HANDJOB with the respect and honesty needed to bring this challenging production to the stage."

sweet - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Theatre Of NOTE’s He Asked For It and Echo Theater Company’s One Of The Nice Ones demonstrated Erik Patterson’s knack for delivering “I didn’t see that coming” twists and Handjob is no exception. If only I could have bought into all those twists this time round."

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


Erin Conley
"Ultimately, Handjob wants to start a conversation, but does not take any real stand as a piece of writing, which is unfortunate because under different circumstances—including, perhaps, being produced by a different theater company—it would be a conversation very much worth having."

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


Rob Stevens
"Homophobia, racism, issues of consent, #MeToo, gun violence, conservative politics of the GOP all get trotted out in the resultant lengthy political diatribe. The play meanders around aimlessly for the final third of its 100 intermission-less minutes."

sour - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Patrick Chavis
"Handjob has living breathing talking points with dialogue instead of characters that come off in anyway as authentic."

sour - Patrick Chavis - LA Theatre Bites - ...read full review


Dan Berkowitz
"But who needs “perfect”? "Handjob" is so imaginative and funny and outrageous and startling that I’ll take it, warts and all. So should you."

sweet - Dan Berkowitz - The Los Angeles Post - ...read full review


Avatar
"While Erik Patterson’s new play, performed the other afternoon at the Echo Theater Company’s venue at Atwater Village Theater in Los Angeles, is not precisely a major theatrical masterwork, it is, nonetheless certainly an intriguing work, which will allow you to leave the theater with a great many questions about gay sex, sexual exploitation, sexual abusiveness, racial identity, and the white community’s inability to perceive racial concerns—as well as what writer’s do to individuals in involving them into their literary “plots.” There’s lots to chew on here, and lots of issues that simply cannot be answered by either the author or his audience."

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


Gil Kaan
"The Echo Theater Company presents a stunning world premiere of Erik Patterson's HANDJOB. Echo Theatre's artistic director Chris Fields quite ably directs his talented cast, as two sets of actors alternately depict the scenario of a curious, middle-aged gay man hiring a shirtless housekeeper/cleaner for a session of cleaning, leering and lusting. Patterson's very witty and smart script of clever puns and sharp observations gets even more witty and even smarter after a big reveal, that I won't be spoiling."

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


Travis Michael Holder
"Halfway into the play, the title proves playable in a most boldly graphic way, but what could be seen in most other situations as gratuitous, here it is absolutely the opposite. Shocking the heck outta us is exactly what the always-outrageous Erik Patterson wants to accomplish. As Keith (Steven Culp), the playwright’s onstage counterpart, says soon after that little transaction goes south and the characters discuss its impact, “I need to make people uncomfortable. People need to leave this theatre and have this very conversation.” Mission accomplished."

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA - ...read full review


Avatar
"In the end, this play just doesn’t work. It lacks stakes; it lacks clarity, specificity, wants, needs, catharsis and plausibility."

sour - Patrick Hurley - That Awesome Theatre Blog - ...read full review


Avatar
"the show plunges into enough hot-button social issues to fuel a week’s worth of TV news round tables: consent, harassment, privilege, visibility, racial and sexual stereotyping, and more. In all of this, the show ably succeeds, supported by terrific acting, directing (by the Echo’s artistic director, Chris Fields) and production elements."

sweet - Daryl H. Miller - LA Times - ...read full review


Avatar
"This show is not to be pigeonholed as a “Gay play.” It is so much more than that. The ensemble, under the scintillating direction of Chris Fields, is…oh, where is le mot juste? Formidable! Magnifique!... Handjob is without doubt one of the most electrifying shows currently in production in Southern California. Don’t miss it."

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


Avatar
"Echo Theater's artistic director Chris Fields who directs Erik Patterson's World Premiere production of HANDJOB was seated in front of me during the opening night of one of the most brilliant pieces of theatre I have ever seen. Cognitive Dissonance notwithstanding... This is an adult program. Period. The issues discussed are hot button issues. The ethics, philosophy and cultural challenges of HANDJOB are complex."

sweet - Michael Sheehan - On Stage Los Angeles - ...read full review


Avatar
"Patterson’s play is smart and very funny, and if its reach slightly exceeds its grasp, it’s no matter. The world premiere production by the Echo Theater Company is expertly acted and directed and genuinely thought-provoking in the best way. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Terry Morgan - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Shari Barrett
"The real challenge of the play is keeping your mind open to explore many of the deepest sensitivities in our culture, not only via sexual orientation and content but by race, religion, family upbringing and the general influence of the media to shape the way we look and feel about each other. Kudos to the entire cast and director Chris Fields for their dedication to presenting Erik Patterson’s HANDJOB with the respect and honesty needed to bring this challenging production to the stage."

sweet - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Theatre Of NOTE’s He Asked For It and Echo Theater Company’s One Of The Nice Ones demonstrated Erik Patterson’s knack for delivering “I didn’t see that coming” twists and Handjob is no exception. If only I could have bought into all those twists this time round."

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


Erin Conley
"Ultimately, Handjob wants to start a conversation, but does not take any real stand as a piece of writing, which is unfortunate because under different circumstances—including, perhaps, being produced by a different theater company—it would be a conversation very much worth having."

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


Rob Stevens
"Homophobia, racism, issues of consent, #MeToo, gun violence, conservative politics of the GOP all get trotted out in the resultant lengthy political diatribe. The play meanders around aimlessly for the final third of its 100 intermission-less minutes."

sour - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Patrick Chavis
"Handjob has living breathing talking points with dialogue instead of characters that come off in anyway as authentic."

sour - Patrick Chavis - LA Theatre Bites - ...read full review


Dan Berkowitz
"But who needs “perfect”? "Handjob" is so imaginative and funny and outrageous and startling that I’ll take it, warts and all. So should you."

sweet - Dan Berkowitz - The Los Angeles Post - ...read full review