Hostage

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Reviews: 8

Audience

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“TOP TEN" - Stage Raw
"Absolutely stunning” - Broadway World
“Fluid staging…emotionally shattering” – LA Times

Based on the true story, few people have ever heard, HOSTAGE reveals a very personal side of this historical event and a surprising connection that arises between two disparate cultures. Performances continue on Saturdays at 8:30pm and Sunday at 2:00pm through July 22nd.

The U.S. State Department seemed helpless, so a mother from Wisconsin went rogue and traveled to Tehran to gain the release of her son, a young Marine held captive, along with 51 other Americans, by student revolutionists at the American Embassy.

"In our increasingly polarized society, perhaps there is inspiration to be gathered from the idealism of an ordinary person,” says playwright Michelle Kholos Brooks. “A mother, having the courage to stand outside of politics for the love of her son.”

Directed by Elina de Santos, the cast includes Vaneh Assadourian (Tehran Mary), Jack Clinton (Kenny), Zachary Grant (Kevin), Christopher Hoffman (Richard), Tracie Lockwood (Barbara), and Satiar Pourvasei (Ebrahim).

During the run of HOSTAGE, Skylight continues their popular series, “Beyond Conversation.” These weekly, post Sunday matinee discussion panels allow audiences to gain deeper insights into the contemporary themes of the play. Barbara
Timm, the mother who traveled to Tehran during the crisis, will be a guest speaker after the performance on Saturday, July 14th. A full list of guest speakers, dates, and topics will be posted on Skylight's website: http://skylighttheatre.org/beyond/hostage-beyond-conversation-series/

HOSTAGE runs on Saturdays at 8:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm through July 22, 2018. Skylight Theatre is located at 1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave, LA, 90027. Tickets are $15 - $39.99. Reservations: 213-761-7061 or 866-811-4111. Online at http://SkylightTix.com

Reviews

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"The reason to see the play is Tracie Lockwood's performance as the mom. You have no problem believing that here's a woman who would move heaven and earth for her kids. She balances a midwestern mom's directness and pain with a fierce determination. "Hostage" doesn't quite live up to the actual events that inspired it, but if you're a parent it'll tug at your heart strings."

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


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"Fluid staging… emotionally shattering. Lockwood's deceptively unassuming performance is a beacon of authenticity that lights the stage. The action seamlessly transitions from the Tehran embassy to the Timm home."

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


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"One of the most compelling, heart rendering productions currently showing in L.A. Tracie is dynamic as Barbara Timm, and L.A. audiences are once again taking notice of her strength as an actress."

sweet - Peter Foldy - Hollywood Revealed - ...read full review


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"Playwright Michelle Kholos Brooks does a superb job of getting into Barbara Timm's head and heart as she plows through unfamiliar territory with only one agenda – to protect her son in the only way she knows how. Director Elina De Santos takes this heart-wrenching and intense report of people under maximum stress and compassionately guides her principals through a minefield of emotions as they attempt to deal with the unexpected and impossible. Each character will remain indelibly wrought by the strong portrayals of the actors in the piece. Above all, talented Tracie Lockwood is remarkable and memorable as she brings Barbara Timm to life, warts and all."

sweet - Elaine L. Mura - Splash Magazine - ...read full review


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"Director Elina de Santos doesn't create the tension necessary or elicit strong enough performances (an anomaly for Skylight) to give the show enough thrust. Lockwood's Barb never hits the emotional punch to make her character grounded and complex. It's a quiet show, with almost no score, which is admirable as some shows with a lesser director might rely on histrionics to create drama. But despite its good intentions, Hostage falls a little flat."

sweet-sour - Harker Jones - Arts in LA - ...read full review


Gil Kaan
"The world premiere of playwright Michelle Kholos Brooks' HOSTAGE receives an absolutely stunning mounting by the Skylight Theatre Company. Brooks takes the situation of a mother's son held hostage in Iran and vividly, naturalistically, without propagandizing, exposes the insides of this particular mother Barbara. Tracie Lockwood gives a tour de force performance as Barbara, normally an inconspicuous, yet outspoken, mother like most in the Oak Creek, Wisconsin neighborhood; but a real pit bull when matters concern her hostage son."

sweet - Gil Kaan - BroadwayWorld.com - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"With the 40th anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis just a year away and the U.S.'s nuclear deal pull-out making today's headlines, the time could not be riper for Hostage to debut, a powerful tribute to a mother who would not take no for an answer."

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


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"Powerful theater. Heartfelt and thought-provoking…TOP TEN - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Iris Mann - ...read full review


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"The reason to see the play is Tracie Lockwood's performance as the mom. You have no problem believing that here's a woman who would move heaven and earth for her kids. She balances a midwestern mom's directness and pain with a fierce determination. "Hostage" doesn't quite live up to the actual events that inspired it, but if you're a parent it'll tug at your heart strings."

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


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"Fluid staging… emotionally shattering. Lockwood's deceptively unassuming performance is a beacon of authenticity that lights the stage. The action seamlessly transitions from the Tehran embassy to the Timm home."

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


Avatar
"One of the most compelling, heart rendering productions currently showing in L.A. Tracie is dynamic as Barbara Timm, and L.A. audiences are once again taking notice of her strength as an actress."

sweet - Peter Foldy - Hollywood Revealed - ...read full review


Avatar
"Playwright Michelle Kholos Brooks does a superb job of getting into Barbara Timm's head and heart as she plows through unfamiliar territory with only one agenda – to protect her son in the only way she knows how. Director Elina De Santos takes this heart-wrenching and intense report of people under maximum stress and compassionately guides her principals through a minefield of emotions as they attempt to deal with the unexpected and impossible. Each character will remain indelibly wrought by the strong portrayals of the actors in the piece. Above all, talented Tracie Lockwood is remarkable and memorable as she brings Barbara Timm to life, warts and all."

sweet - Elaine L. Mura - Splash Magazine - ...read full review


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"Director Elina de Santos doesn't create the tension necessary or elicit strong enough performances (an anomaly for Skylight) to give the show enough thrust. Lockwood's Barb never hits the emotional punch to make her character grounded and complex. It's a quiet show, with almost no score, which is admirable as some shows with a lesser director might rely on histrionics to create drama. But despite its good intentions, Hostage falls a little flat."

sweet-sour - Harker Jones - Arts in LA - ...read full review


Gil Kaan
"The world premiere of playwright Michelle Kholos Brooks' HOSTAGE receives an absolutely stunning mounting by the Skylight Theatre Company. Brooks takes the situation of a mother's son held hostage in Iran and vividly, naturalistically, without propagandizing, exposes the insides of this particular mother Barbara. Tracie Lockwood gives a tour de force performance as Barbara, normally an inconspicuous, yet outspoken, mother like most in the Oak Creek, Wisconsin neighborhood; but a real pit bull when matters concern her hostage son."

sweet - Gil Kaan - BroadwayWorld.com - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"With the 40th anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis just a year away and the U.S.'s nuclear deal pull-out making today's headlines, the time could not be riper for Hostage to debut, a powerful tribute to a mother who would not take no for an answer."

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


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"Powerful theater. Heartfelt and thought-provoking…TOP TEN - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Iris Mann - ...read full review