The Solid Life of Sugar Water

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Reviews: 3

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Thu Sep 19, 8:00pm
Fri Sep 20, 8:00pm
Sat Sep 21, 8:00pm
Sun Sep 22, 3:00pm
Thu Sep 26, 8:00pm
Fri Sep 27, 8:00pm
Sat Sep 28, 8:00pm
Sun Sep 29, 3:00pm
Thu Oct 03, 8:00pm
Fri Oct 04, 8:00pm
Sat Oct 05, 8:00pm
Sun Oct 06, 3:00pm
Thu Oct 10, 8:00pm
Fri Oct 11, 8:00pm
Sat Oct 12, 8:00pm
Sun Oct 13, 3:00pm

A Deaf couple’s relationship is revealed through their lovemaking in this startlingly intimate portrait of a marriage — made even more intense by Deaf West Theatre’s signature performance style combining American Sign Language with spoken English. Candid, uninhibited and visceral, this new play by award-winning playwright Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival prior to an acclaimed run at England’s National Theatre. “Unflinching… I can’t remember when I last saw a play that was at once so forthright and so delicate.” — UK Guardian. Recommended for mature audiences only: adult themes, sexually graphic language. Sept. 5 – Oct. 13; Rosenthal Theater, Inner-City Arts, 720 Kohler Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021; $30-$44; (818) 762-2998 or www.deafwest.org

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"While the production values are positively tremendous, this may not have been the best script for such a device. The British playwright Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) has written plays based on other material, so it makes sense that his original two-hander is pocked with poetry (the “sugar water” in the title is Phil’s reference to Alice’s breast milk) but lacks a dramatic arc. By nature of the writing, which is still very beautiful, the non-linear play interrupts itself and the lines are dripping in poetic-speak and pseudo-realism, as if to copy the way we really think and talk, but in a theatrical way. Because of this, I was never bored for the 80 minutes, but neither was I fully engaged."

sweet-sour - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


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"Already the fall theatre season is opening with a bang. This week, it is Deaf West’s extraordinary production of Tony Award-winning playwright Jack Thorne’s, The Solid Life of Sugar Water. The title is left to the audience to ken, as is the searing, vibrant performance by the actors."

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


Steven Stanley
"Short and bittersweet and powerful as all get-out, Deaf West’s The Solid Life Of Sugar Water packs one shattering punch. Don’t be surprised if it ends up being one of the year’s most acclaimed, talked-about productions."

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


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"While the production values are positively tremendous, this may not have been the best script for such a device. The British playwright Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) has written plays based on other material, so it makes sense that his original two-hander is pocked with poetry (the “sugar water” in the title is Phil’s reference to Alice’s breast milk) but lacks a dramatic arc. By nature of the writing, which is still very beautiful, the non-linear play interrupts itself and the lines are dripping in poetic-speak and pseudo-realism, as if to copy the way we really think and talk, but in a theatrical way. Because of this, I was never bored for the 80 minutes, but neither was I fully engaged."

sweet-sour - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


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"Already the fall theatre season is opening with a bang. This week, it is Deaf West’s extraordinary production of Tony Award-winning playwright Jack Thorne’s, The Solid Life of Sugar Water. The title is left to the audience to ken, as is the searing, vibrant performance by the actors."

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


Steven Stanley
"Short and bittersweet and powerful as all get-out, Deaf West’s The Solid Life Of Sugar Water packs one shattering punch. Don’t be surprised if it ends up being one of the year’s most acclaimed, talked-about productions."

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review