LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES
Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center
Opens: October 19, 2017
Closes: December 10, 2017
Set among the decadent ruling class of pre-revolutionary France, this Olivier Award-winning play is a seductive and unsettling tale of sex and revenge in an all-too-recognizable world, where love is a blood sport played for glory and malice and men have all – almost all – the power. Antaeus Theatre Company kicks off its 2017/18 season with a fully partner-cast production of Christopher Hampton’s award-winning adaptation of the scandalous novel by Choderlos de Laclos. Oct. 19 – Dec. 10; $15-$34; Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205; (818) 506-1983 or www.antaeus.org.
"As usual, Antaeus is doing fine work here. The actors are strong, the design elements solid, and efforts were certainly made in the production to bring the story into the 21st century and keep things interesting throughout the rather lengthy running time of two hours and 30 minutes. But there is ultimately much about the story that cannot help but feel dated."
"For all the passion in the words and deeds of Hampton’s characters, director Robin Larsen’s production is very sterile, frigid and barren...The cast contains fine actors but the spark that should ignite the audience into gasps is missing. Aylesworth nails La Marquise perfectly but she seems to be playing in a vacuum or just playing without exciting playmates."
"In a play where just about everyone is supposed to be having sex with someone or other, there is less testosterone among the supporting players than I’d like, making some of their conversations about sex fall flat. But Mirto and Ferrara are never too long offstage, their savage wit never totally obscuring their loneliness."
"...it is being powerfully displayed on the stage of the Antaeus Theatre Company...The performance of Scott Ferrara in character as Le Viconte de Valmont is absolutely brilliant with a constant display of disgusting but exquisitely delivered efforts to verbally control the targets of his desires. You may well hate the intentions and the pain and suffering he causes but you will be forever impressed by his extraordinary, if albeit on some level wildly dark talent."
"LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES has some very complex roles which are brilliantly depicted by the cast under the capable direction of Robin Larsen. Both verbally and nonverbally, they excel."
"A small theater needn't deliver lavish properties, but the disjointed values here feel like missed opportunities, contributing to a sense that the production, directed by Robin Larsen, is still searching for a unifying vision."
"...this Liaisons is a delicious, crackling production that seduces the audience with its wit, humor and behind-the-curtain peek at sexual gamesmanship — even as it snatches away the veil and forces us to confront our own complicity in rooting for Valmont’s victory. - RECOMMENDED"
"There are so few empathetic moments in this absolutely riveting play, except where they belong – with the victims. The corrupt depravity of the game is cold-blooded. Cécile and Tourvel seem to pay the ultimate sacrifices in the initial outcome... Very Highly Recommended"
"Antaeus Theatre Company’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses is powerful theatre with an excellent cast under the sure handed direction of Robin Larsen. The open set and splendid projections by Yee Eun Nam is simple, with elegant touches like the marble floor that looks appropriately rich. The Antaeus Theatre Company’s award-winning creative team also includes lighting designer Leigh Allen, costume designer Jocelyn Hublau Parker, sound designer Jeff Polunas, props designer Erin Walley, violence designer Ned Mochel, movement designer Heather Allyn, and hair designer Jessica Mills."
"Antaeus’ Les Liaisons Dangereuses is one of the theatrical standouts of the season and is heartily recommended."
"A centuries-old novel turned into a decades-young play provides sexual excitement aplenty on the Antaeus Theatre Company stage. Les Liaisons Dangeureuse’s blend of depravity, duplicity, and desire is easily the headiest mix in town."
"This is a highly entertaining and noteworthy production of a complex and beautifully written play. It stays the course, slowly sinks its teeth in, and makes an impression... It’s solid theatrical entertainment."