Under Milk Wood

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Wed Jun 19, 12:00am

Intensely beautiful, poignant and sublimely funny, this “play for voices” by the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas recounts the dreams, gossip and waking hours of the sleepy, Welsh seaside town of Llareggub — a name that seems innocent enough until you read it backwards. Unforgettable characters such as Captain Cat, Myfanwy Price, the Reverend Ely Jenkins, Organ Morgan, Polly Garter and Dai Bread populate this odd place, and their affectionate charm and humor still captivate and entertain 65 years after it was written. July 20 through Aug. 25: Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:p.m., and Sundays at 7 p.m. Open Fist Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039; July 20-July 22 (previews): Pay-What-You-Want; July 27-Aug 25: $20; (323) 882-6912; www.openfist.org.

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Reviews

"A successful “Milk Wood” production relies on cast connection as they must cast the spell of people who know each other under the skin, who wouldn't be surprised by anything another did, no matter how outrageous, and the Open Fist Company embodies this admirably. Director Ben Martin must be credited for this extraordinary closeness, which must be encouraged in a such a successful ensemble. One gets the feeling that the people onstage have no boundaries between one another, and this translates to their connection with the audience, which is immediate, like theater in surround sound."

sweet - Melanie Hooks - Colorado Boulevard - ...read full review


"Thomas originally conceived of the piece as a radio drama in which he would portray the “omniscient narrator,” who ranges over the township observing the strengths, foolishness, passions and woes of those dwelling there; not dispensing judgment on their fragilities or follies, but intoning a paean in celebration of their humanity."

sweet - Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com - ...read full review


"Director Ben Martin accomplishes admirable and creative work with his ensemble, whether he's using them all to represent the moving waves in an oceanic storm or employing them as a series of bubbling tea kettles percolating in a row. His staging of the “chimbley-sweep” song, which sends the cast up into the audience, is lively and fun, ending with the memorable sight of one actor supposedly passed out drunk in the center aisle. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Terry Morgan - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Ron Irwin
"The show is fast paced with never a dull moment but at times on the brink of over powering. The dialogue is witty and offers an abundance of often dark humor."

sweet - Ron Irwin - LA Splash - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon
"With so many roles to inhabit, loosely distributed among the 19 players, it was inevitable that a few of the smaller roles would come across routinely, but overall Martin lavished the same attention on the town's main characters as he might in a small family drama. Many of these folk who populate this odd place display the affectionate charm, humor and flamboyant drunkenness that characterized the poet himself."

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


Rachel Flanagan
""To begin at the beginning: It is spring, moonless night in the small town" and with that, Dylan Thomas draws you into a day in the life of the residents of a small Welsh seaside village of Llareggub (read it backwards). Notoriously known as a "play for voices", Under Milk Wood was created as a 1954 radio drama written by the Welsh poet, commissioned by the BBC and adapted for the stage. Open Fist Theatre Company brings this revered play to the Atwater Village theater in a production, ably directed by Ben Martin, that brings the dark comedy and deep characters to life on stage in a way that would make Thomas himself proud."

sweet - Rachel Flanagan - Discover Hollywood - ...read full review


"CRITIC'S CHOICE…. takes us into the lives of the vibrant inhabitants of Llareggub, lost and lonely souls who sing, drink, rollick and roister before collapsing into their beds and their ghost-ridden dreams… lively and beautifully paced…blissfully poetic"

sweet - F. Kathleen Foley, Los Angeles Times - ...read full review


"Director Ben Martin accomplishes admirable and creative work with his ensemble, whether he's using them all to represent the moving waves in an oceanic storm or employing them as a series of bubbling tea kettles percolating in a row. His staging of the “chimbley-sweep” song, which sends the cast up into the audience, is lively and fun, ending with the memorable sight of one actor supposedly passed out drunk in the center aisle. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Terry Morgan, Stage Raw - ...read full review


"Open Fist does an excellent job with the material. At eighteen actors, it has one of the largest casts I've ever seen assembled on a 99-seat theater stage. Yet a lot of shape-shifting (sometimes mid-scene) is still necessary. The play has almost forty characters. It is an ambitious undertaking for any company. The cast is largely quite effective, though varying levels of skills and experience are evident."

sweet - Samuel Garza Bernsetein, Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


"A successful “Milk Wood” production relies on cast connection as they must cast the spell of people who know each other under the skin, who wouldn't be surprised by anything another did, no matter how outrageous, and the Open Fist Company embodies this admirably. Director Ben Martin must be credited for this extraordinary closeness, which must be encouraged in a such a successful ensemble. One gets the feeling that the people onstage have no boundaries between one another, and this translates to their connection with the audience, which is immediate, like theater in surround sound."

sweet - Melanie Hooks - Colorado Boulevard - ...read full review


"Thomas originally conceived of the piece as a radio drama in which he would portray the “omniscient narrator,” who ranges over the township observing the strengths, foolishness, passions and woes of those dwelling there; not dispensing judgment on their fragilities or follies, but intoning a paean in celebration of their humanity."

sweet - Ernest Kearney - www.thetvolution.com - ...read full review


"Director Ben Martin accomplishes admirable and creative work with his ensemble, whether he's using them all to represent the moving waves in an oceanic storm or employing them as a series of bubbling tea kettles percolating in a row. His staging of the “chimbley-sweep” song, which sends the cast up into the audience, is lively and fun, ending with the memorable sight of one actor supposedly passed out drunk in the center aisle. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Terry Morgan - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Ron Irwin
"The show is fast paced with never a dull moment but at times on the brink of over powering. The dialogue is witty and offers an abundance of often dark humor."

sweet - Ron Irwin - LA Splash - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon
"With so many roles to inhabit, loosely distributed among the 19 players, it was inevitable that a few of the smaller roles would come across routinely, but overall Martin lavished the same attention on the town's main characters as he might in a small family drama. Many of these folk who populate this odd place display the affectionate charm, humor and flamboyant drunkenness that characterized the poet himself."

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


Rachel Flanagan
""To begin at the beginning: It is spring, moonless night in the small town" and with that, Dylan Thomas draws you into a day in the life of the residents of a small Welsh seaside village of Llareggub (read it backwards). Notoriously known as a "play for voices", Under Milk Wood was created as a 1954 radio drama written by the Welsh poet, commissioned by the BBC and adapted for the stage. Open Fist Theatre Company brings this revered play to the Atwater Village theater in a production, ably directed by Ben Martin, that brings the dark comedy and deep characters to life on stage in a way that would make Thomas himself proud."

sweet - Rachel Flanagan - Discover Hollywood - ...read full review


"CRITIC'S CHOICE…. takes us into the lives of the vibrant inhabitants of Llareggub, lost and lonely souls who sing, drink, rollick and roister before collapsing into their beds and their ghost-ridden dreams… lively and beautifully paced…blissfully poetic"

sweet - F. Kathleen Foley, Los Angeles Times - ...read full review


"Director Ben Martin accomplishes admirable and creative work with his ensemble, whether he's using them all to represent the moving waves in an oceanic storm or employing them as a series of bubbling tea kettles percolating in a row. His staging of the “chimbley-sweep” song, which sends the cast up into the audience, is lively and fun, ending with the memorable sight of one actor supposedly passed out drunk in the center aisle. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Terry Morgan, Stage Raw - ...read full review


"Open Fist does an excellent job with the material. At eighteen actors, it has one of the largest casts I've ever seen assembled on a 99-seat theater stage. Yet a lot of shape-shifting (sometimes mid-scene) is still necessary. The play has almost forty characters. It is an ambitious undertaking for any company. The cast is largely quite effective, though varying levels of skills and experience are evident."

sweet - Samuel Garza Bernsetein, Stage and Cinema - ...read full review