Hannah and the Dread Gazebo

Critics

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Reviews: 4

Audience

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Reviews: 0

Fri Aug 23, 8:00pm
Sat Aug 24, 2:00pm
Sat Aug 24, 8:00pm
Sun Aug 25, 2:00pm
Fri Aug 30, 8:00pm
Sat Aug 31, 2:00pm
Sat Aug 31, 8:00pm
Sun Sep 01, 2:00pm
Fri Sep 06, 8:00pm
Sat Sep 07, 2:00pm
Sat Sep 07, 8:00pm
Sun Sep 08, 2:00pm
Fri Sep 13, 8:00pm
Sat Sep 14, 2:00pm
Sat Sep 14, 8:00pm
Sun Sep 15, 2:00pm
Fri Sep 20, 8:00pm
Sat Sep 21, 2:00pm
Sat Sep 21, 8:00pm
Sun Sep 22, 2:00pm

A strange and wonderful play that is a mix of unexpected whimsy, delightful comedy, profound despair and more than a little bit of magic. Hannah is two weeks away from becoming a board-certified neurologist when she receives a strange package from her grandmother, who may—or may not—have just ended her life in a most flamboyant fashion. The mystery leads Hannah and her family on a surreal, funny, heartbreaking adventure back to their roots in South and North Korea and the forbidden Demilitarized Zone that divides them. Wildly theatrical, this startling new comedy twists together creation myths and family histories to explore what it means to walk the edge between cultures. Presented by the Fountain Theatre in association with East West Players: Aug. 17 – Sept. 22; Fridays @ 8 p.m. / Saturdays @ 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. / Sundays at 2 p.m. / Mondays at 8 p.m.; $25-$45; In addition to regular seating, Pay-What-You-Want tickets are available on Monday nights (subject to availability). Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave. (at Normandie), Los Angeles, CA 90029; (323) 663-1525; www.FountainTheatre.com.

Reviews

Gil Kaan
"The Fountain Theatre, in association with East West Players, soundly mounts the California premiere of Jiehae Park's HANNAH AND THE DREAD GAZEBO with a solid acting ensemble, complemented by vividly effective video visuals. Jennifer Chang ably directs her talented cast of six as they weave through the realistic lives of a Korean family (separated by continents) interspersed with flashes of Korean folklore."

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"Park's fluid script and smooth staging by director Jennifer Chang create an evening where suspension of disbelief is made relatively easy by the genuine quality of each of these over the top characters."

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


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"The production, directed by Jennifer Chang, makes vivid use of urban landscape projections on Yee Eun Nam’s darkened set. But the clumsy staging turns this into an unconvincing dream."

sweet-sour - Charles McNulty - LA Times - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Theater genres are a matter of taste, and if magic realism is your thing, you may well take to Hannah And The Dread Gazebo in ways this reviewer did not. I for one would have preferred a good deal more realism and a lot less magic."

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


Gil Kaan
"The Fountain Theatre, in association with East West Players, soundly mounts the California premiere of Jiehae Park's HANNAH AND THE DREAD GAZEBO with a solid acting ensemble, complemented by vividly effective video visuals. Jennifer Chang ably directs her talented cast of six as they weave through the realistic lives of a Korean family (separated by continents) interspersed with flashes of Korean folklore."

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


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"Park's fluid script and smooth staging by director Jennifer Chang create an evening where suspension of disbelief is made relatively easy by the genuine quality of each of these over the top characters."

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


Avatar
"The production, directed by Jennifer Chang, makes vivid use of urban landscape projections on Yee Eun Nam’s darkened set. But the clumsy staging turns this into an unconvincing dream."

sweet-sour - Charles McNulty - LA Times - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Theater genres are a matter of taste, and if magic realism is your thing, you may well take to Hannah And The Dread Gazebo in ways this reviewer did not. I for one would have preferred a good deal more realism and a lot less magic."

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