Revenge Song

Critics

LemonMeter

Reviews: 2

Audience

LemonMeter

Reviews: 0

Tue Feb 18, 8:00pm
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Sat Feb 22, 8:00pm
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Sun Mar 08, 7:00pm

A rousing, romping, music-filled look at the real life of Julie d’Aubigny, a queer 17th century French swordswoman and opera singer, Revenge Song is a heroine’s journey toward self-discovery and acceptance. In this world premiere Geffen Playhouse commission, conversations about gender and sexuality blend together with the outrageous fun and superhero style of the Vampire Cowboys to create a genre unto itself—a hilarious, historical comedy with epic fight scenes and a punk rock attitude.

Major support for this world premiere production provided by the Edgerton Foundation New Play Production Fund. Developed in part with CalArts Center for New Performance and with assistance from the Orchard Project, Ari Edelson, Artistic Director.

Reviews

Deborah Klugman

....the performances, with a single exception, are all bluster, lacking that kernel of truth that even the silliest parody needs to make it spark.

sour - Deborah Klugman - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA

Although experimental theatre put off-Broadway on the map in the 1960s and 70s, to me today New York City-spawned counterculture fare seems a little… safe. Still offbeat, yes, I should say—but safely, predictably offbeat, if that makes any sense. These days, here in ol’ poor culturally maligned El Lay, despite the long-suffered distain from the theatre community on that other coast leveled on whatever we create here, our reclaimed desert climes has some amazingly brave resident theatre entities willing to continually challenge the norm. Yet, I was excited to learn Qui Nguyen’s Obie-winning and notoriously off-center theatre company Vampire Cowboys would be coming west to present their newest piece at the Geffen—especially since Nguyen was the very first artist Matt Shakman chose to become the Playhouse’s first commissioned playwright when he took over the reigns as artistic director in 2017. Keeping all that in mind and despite all the hype, including tagging it far and near as a 'new LGBTQ play' and a 'queer musical,' I unfortunately found it to be a major disappointment. There’s tremendous promise here and indeed it was fun to see the puzzlement on the faces of the typical westside botox-heavy opening night crowd as it unfolded, but in the end it’s just not yet ready for primetime.

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


Deborah Klugman

....the performances, with a single exception, are all bluster, lacking that kernel of truth that even the silliest parody needs to make it spark.

sour - Deborah Klugman - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA

Although experimental theatre put off-Broadway on the map in the 1960s and 70s, to me today New York City-spawned counterculture fare seems a little… safe. Still offbeat, yes, I should say—but safely, predictably offbeat, if that makes any sense. These days, here in ol’ poor culturally maligned El Lay, despite the long-suffered distain from the theatre community on that other coast leveled on whatever we create here, our reclaimed desert climes has some amazingly brave resident theatre entities willing to continually challenge the norm. Yet, I was excited to learn Qui Nguyen’s Obie-winning and notoriously off-center theatre company Vampire Cowboys would be coming west to present their newest piece at the Geffen—especially since Nguyen was the very first artist Matt Shakman chose to become the Playhouse’s first commissioned playwright when he took over the reigns as artistic director in 2017. Keeping all that in mind and despite all the hype, including tagging it far and near as a 'new LGBTQ play' and a 'queer musical,' I unfortunately found it to be a major disappointment. There’s tremendous promise here and indeed it was fun to see the puzzlement on the faces of the typical westside botox-heavy opening night crowd as it unfolded, but in the end it’s just not yet ready for primetime.

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