Postponed - The Serpent

Critics

LemonMeter

Reviews: 1

Audience

LemonMeter

Reviews: 0

Sun Apr 05, 2:00pm
Thu Apr 09, 8:00pm
Fri Apr 10, 8:00pm
Fri Apr 10, 8:00pm
Sat Apr 11, 8:00pm
Sat Apr 11, 8:00pm
Sun Apr 12, 2:00pm
Sun Apr 12, 2:00pm
Fri Apr 17, 8:00pm
Sat Apr 18, 8:00pm
Sun Apr 19, 2:00pm
Wed Apr 22, 8:00pm
Fri Apr 24, 8:00pm
Sat Apr 25, 8:00pm
Sun Apr 26, 2:00pm
Thu Apr 30, 8:00pm
Fri May 01, 8:00pm
Sat May 02, 8:00pm
Sun May 03, 2:00pm

Go ahead – take the apple. A work of experimental theater that explores the biblical Book of Genesis while comparing it to the modern experience, The Serpent — winner of the 1969 Obie award and arguably the most successful ensemble work ever created —was developed by Jean-Claude van Itallie in collaboration with Joseph Chaikin and the Open Theatre. The playwright describes the work as “a ceremony,” while The New York Times has called it “the seminal work of The Open Theater, America's most important ensemble theatrical workshop.” March 8 – May 3: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. with 4 additional weeknight performances on Wednesday, March 25; Thursday, April 9; Wednesday, April 22; and Thursday, April 30, all at 8 p.m. The third Friday of each month (March 20 and April 17) is “Wine Night”: enjoy complimentary wine and snacks and mingle with the cast after the show. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles, 90025; For reservations and information, call (310) 477-2055 or go to OdysseyTheatre.com.

Reviews

Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

This fluid ensemble acts out the Kennedy assassination as revealed by the iconic Zapruder film. As they perform the scene several times, the actual fuzzy-framed film is projected upstage. To say that it is affecting doesn’t say enough. It soon becomes clear that ritual is the key to this performance, especially when the action leaps backward over the millennia to the Garden of Eden, where Eve is tempted into disobedience by a snake that is composed of five actors twining together, slithering sinuously with their arms and legs twisting together, and their serpent tongues flicking in and out of their mutual mouths. And Adam is the doufus who goes along with it.

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Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

This fluid ensemble acts out the Kennedy assassination as revealed by the iconic Zapruder film. As they perform the scene several times, the actual fuzzy-framed film is projected upstage. To say that it is affecting doesn’t say enough. It soon becomes clear that ritual is the key to this performance, especially when the action leaps backward over the millennia to the Garden of Eden, where Eve is tempted into disobedience by a snake that is composed of five actors twining together, slithering sinuously with their arms and legs twisting together, and their serpent tongues flicking in and out of their mutual mouths. And Adam is the doufus who goes along with it.

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review