The Pride

Critics

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100 %

Reviews: 5

Audience

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Reviews: 0

The Pride is a gorgeously-drawn drama alternating between two very distinct time periods and sets of characters whose fate is written by their eras. In 1958, Philip is married to Sylvia, but is secretly attracted to her colleague Oliver. In 2008, Philip lives with his boyfriend Oliver, who continually destroys their relationship with his addiction to casual sex and turns to their friend Sylvia for guidance and support. As the past and present worlds collide, The Pride's complex love triangle provides a provocative, humorous and insightful look at fidelity and forgiveness. WARNING: This production contains brief nudity, sexual content, strong language, violence and uses atmospheric haze, herbal cigarettes and strobe effects. Recommended for mature audiences only.

Reviews

Eric A Gordon

The play smolders with weighty observations about human character, tossed off in fluent and witty dialogue by actors whose magnificent training is on full display. Always, just out of reach, that better day seems to be within grasp. As each scene changes, arriving characters look piercingly at the ones leaving, as if to ask, Don't I know you from somewhere? or, Remember that face, you might see it again sometime.

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Erin Conley

The comparison is poignant and powerful, as is everything about this very smart play. Arden's modern, creative direction brings out its strongest notes, making this an important piece of theater to celebrate Pride month.

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Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA

Though seemingly simple, under the surface The Pride is a stinging indictment that we, as a species, should live the lives we feel is right for us, without care of what anyone else thinks about our choices. Both in 1958 and 2008, Oliver's world, which should be rewarding him for his essential gentleness and obvious talents, has turned on him, mainly due to what he has been told all his life was right and what was wrong, leading him into sad, ugly, risky behavior. If we choose to live truthfully, with genuine regard for one another and with our heads held high, nobody can tell us who we should be or what bastardized and antiquated religious-based edicts we must follow.

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Steven Stanley

The Pride, Alexi Kaye Campbell's provocative, daringly constructed look at the changes wrought over five decades of Contemporary Gay History, has at long last arrived in L.A., masterfully directed at the Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts by its brilliant Artist-In-Residence Michael Arden.

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Rob Stevens

At times The Pride is not an easy play to view but thanks to Arden's unrelenting direction and the talent of his cast, it demands and keeps your attention.

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon

The play smolders with weighty observations about human character, tossed off in fluent and witty dialogue by actors whose magnificent training is on full display. Always, just out of reach, that better day seems to be within grasp. As each scene changes, arriving characters look piercingly at the ones leaving, as if to ask, Don't I know you from somewhere? or, Remember that face, you might see it again sometime.

sweet - Eric A Gordon - ...read full review


Erin Conley

The comparison is poignant and powerful, as is everything about this very smart play. Arden's modern, creative direction brings out its strongest notes, making this an important piece of theater to celebrate Pride month.

sweet - Erin Conley - On Stage and Screen - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA

Though seemingly simple, under the surface The Pride is a stinging indictment that we, as a species, should live the lives we feel is right for us, without care of what anyone else thinks about our choices. Both in 1958 and 2008, Oliver's world, which should be rewarding him for his essential gentleness and obvious talents, has turned on him, mainly due to what he has been told all his life was right and what was wrong, leading him into sad, ugly, risky behavior. If we choose to live truthfully, with genuine regard for one another and with our heads held high, nobody can tell us who we should be or what bastardized and antiquated religious-based edicts we must follow.

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - TicketHolders LA - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

The Pride, Alexi Kaye Campbell's provocative, daringly constructed look at the changes wrought over five decades of Contemporary Gay History, has at long last arrived in L.A., masterfully directed at the Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts by its brilliant Artist-In-Residence Michael Arden.

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


Rob Stevens

At times The Pride is not an easy play to view but thanks to Arden's unrelenting direction and the talent of his cast, it demands and keeps your attention.

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review