The Chalk Garden

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With its one-of-a-kind, spectacular outdoor setting in the heart of Topanga Canyon, Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum offers a summer repertory season of Shakespeare and modern classics, as well as music and performance for kids and adults alike throughout the summer months. Arrive early to picnic on the beautiful grounds before a performance! With its one-of-a-kind, spectacular outdoor setting in the heart of Topanga Canyon, Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum offers a summer repertory season of Shakespeare and modern classics, as well as music and performance for kids and adults alike throughout the summer months. Arrive early to picnic on the beautiful grounds before a performance! Joining the season on June 30, long-time Theatricum company member Susan Angelo directs members of the Geer family in a revival of Enid Bagnold's delightful classic, The Chalk Garden. Dyed-in-the-wool British dowager Mrs. St. Maugham is a selfish eccentric who spends her days gardening, but can't make anything grow. Her teenage granddaughter, Laurel, is a precocious liar. When enigmatic Miss Madrigal is hired as household companion and manager, the two finally meet their match.

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Reviews

"Intriguing every moment, plenty of humor, fantastic acting by all, and of course, the amazing forest setting."

sweet - Carol Edger-Germain - Colorado Boulevard - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"The pure lime of Mrs. St. Maugham's “chalk” garden may be incapable of producing even the most miserable of blossoms, but with the gifted artists of Theatricum Botanicum bringing it to rich and fruitful life, Enid Bagnold's The Chalk Garden blooms quite gloriously indeed."

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


"This is almost classic screwball comedy, with a touch of English farce. It's great fun."

sweet - Claire Fordham, Messenger Mountain News - ...read full review


Leigh Kennicott
"Why should Theatricum Botanicum revive The Chalk Garden? The play itself is delightfully doty. Though dusty, it shows surprising open-mindedness for its time. And the Geer extended family finds ample opportunity to play together, directed by daughter-in-law Susan Angelo, starring Ellen Geer, sister Melora Marshall and daughter Willow Geer. As always, the Geer family works smoothly together, along with long-time collaborator, William Dennis Hunt, while effortlessly including newcomers into their ensemble. Although not quite “cooked” at opening night, watch this team mature and grow through summer."

sweet-sour - Leigh Kennicott - Show Mag - ...read full review


"...at Theatricum Botanicum, the play feels too light, too glib. Directing this production, Susan Angelo trowels on the comedy, so the script's delicacy and metaphor are lost... It's a shame Nehring and Ellen Geer capitulate to the direction and play too much for laughs. Nehring's Maitland should instead be finding his roots in a position that in some ways still belongs to the aged infirm butler (unseen) dominating the house from upstairs, and Geer brings out the quirkiness in her character rather than the deep feelings of bitterness and disappointment."

sour - Dany Margolies - Daily News - ...read full review


"WGTB's thoroughly enjoyable, well-played production is good fun throughout, with underlying dramatic points about mother-daughter relations, the class structure, the prison and legal systems and more. Chalk it up to perfection."

sweet - Ed Rampell - Hollywood Progressive - ...read full review


"The three ladies lobbed comedic lines back and forth across stage with the grace of opera singers sharing a melody. They were so in touch with the other's character the fluidity of the dialogue drew the audience into the characters' world. The audience laughed more at this opening night than this writer has ever seen at Theatricum. It was a well received performance. "

sweet - Kriss Perras, Topanga Journal - ...read full review


"Intriguing every moment, plenty of humor, fantastic acting by all, and of course, the amazing forest setting."

sweet - Carol Edger-Germain - Colorado Boulevard - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"The pure lime of Mrs. St. Maugham's “chalk” garden may be incapable of producing even the most miserable of blossoms, but with the gifted artists of Theatricum Botanicum bringing it to rich and fruitful life, Enid Bagnold's The Chalk Garden blooms quite gloriously indeed."

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


"This is almost classic screwball comedy, with a touch of English farce. It's great fun."

sweet - Claire Fordham, Messenger Mountain News - ...read full review


Leigh Kennicott
"Why should Theatricum Botanicum revive The Chalk Garden? The play itself is delightfully doty. Though dusty, it shows surprising open-mindedness for its time. And the Geer extended family finds ample opportunity to play together, directed by daughter-in-law Susan Angelo, starring Ellen Geer, sister Melora Marshall and daughter Willow Geer. As always, the Geer family works smoothly together, along with long-time collaborator, William Dennis Hunt, while effortlessly including newcomers into their ensemble. Although not quite “cooked” at opening night, watch this team mature and grow through summer."

sweet-sour - Leigh Kennicott - Show Mag - ...read full review


"...at Theatricum Botanicum, the play feels too light, too glib. Directing this production, Susan Angelo trowels on the comedy, so the script's delicacy and metaphor are lost... It's a shame Nehring and Ellen Geer capitulate to the direction and play too much for laughs. Nehring's Maitland should instead be finding his roots in a position that in some ways still belongs to the aged infirm butler (unseen) dominating the house from upstairs, and Geer brings out the quirkiness in her character rather than the deep feelings of bitterness and disappointment."

sour - Dany Margolies - Daily News - ...read full review


"WGTB's thoroughly enjoyable, well-played production is good fun throughout, with underlying dramatic points about mother-daughter relations, the class structure, the prison and legal systems and more. Chalk it up to perfection."

sweet - Ed Rampell - Hollywood Progressive - ...read full review


"The three ladies lobbed comedic lines back and forth across stage with the grace of opera singers sharing a melody. They were so in touch with the other's character the fluidity of the dialogue drew the audience into the characters' world. The audience laughed more at this opening night than this writer has ever seen at Theatricum. It was a well received performance. "

sweet - Kriss Perras, Topanga Journal - ...read full review