|AFTER THE FALL
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Difficult and intense, the play's potency leans heavily, albeit not entirely, on the pivotal performer. Harris brings skill to this demanding role...Mary Carrig is spot on as Quentin's unappeasably resentful first wife, and Jennefer Ludwigsen captures the vulnerable essence of his sex-kittenish, irreparably wounded second...
Director Rozsa Horvath has mounted a commendably handsome production, commingling music, lighting, sound and video (designers Vinnie Reyes, Michael Gend, Matt Richter and William Barker/Bruce Allen respectively) to create an appropriately baleful ambiance.
Reviewed by Deborah Klugman
"One of the playwright's most polarizing works receives a first-rate production at the Lillian Theatre"
"The cast is uniformly excellent, with Brian Robert Harris a commanding presence as Quentin"
"Jennefer Ludwigsen is particularly outstanding as the troubled Monroe surrogate, Maggie—ironically the play's most sympathetic character"
"After the Fall is considered a work of genius by many, and this is certainly the way to see it."
Reviewed by Kurt Gardner
The production is extremely cinematic and manages to incorporate Quentin's thoughts effectively into this memory play. The set design utilizes the production logo of a symbolically fractured head and visual equipment casts the stark red and black image of a concentration camp's barb-wired fence down a drape; the protagonist imprisoned in his personal battle with reconciling right and wrong with human nature. This commendable production works against the stereotype that Los Angeles doesn't offer decent theatre.