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Reviews and Articles

2014 REVIEWS

LEAR

“CRITIC’s CHOICE… Geer’s title role performance [rivals] the best male interpreters in intensity and heartbreak… Her harrowing storm scene traversing the front and rear of the venue is a high point in the staging’s spectacular use of its outdoor canyon environs.” — Los Angeles Times
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“A revitalized statement on female authority, oedipal succor and the tragedy of enlightenment… the layers create a new tragedy as it plays out with subtle alterations…  a 360 degree swivel in your seat, visually entertaining ride… Ellen Geer at her best… King Lear is dead. Long live the Queen!”  — Eye Spy LA
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“Striking.. Ellen Geer is formidable… the natural elements create an imposing presence in the usually peaceful glen.” — Shakespeare In LA
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“BRILLIANT… In a society which is inching ever closer to race, religious and gender equality, not to mention equal pay for equal work, a female Lear just makes sense…this “Lear” stays true to the playwright’s intention, motivation and language mainly by staying true to itself… touch[es] on the human condition like a rainbow touches air.” – NoHoArtsDistrict.com
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“ENTHRALLING. the great performances heightened by the beauty of the venue… the gender reversal…  makes this production fresh and interesting, – Examiner.com
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“Extraordinary… works brilliantly!...Theatricum’s production takes risks, yet stays within the bounds of Shakespeare’s original work. The theater, set outside in a wooded alcove, is spectacular.” — La La Scoop
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“STUNNING… intriguing, funny and ultimately, heartbreaking… A must-see!” Topanga Messenger
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“Extraordinary… inspired... a theatrical version of Cinerama — and it’s all in 3-D and living color! Lear’s madness scene on a rooftop is stunningly staged and there is plenty of swordplay onstage and gamboling through the woods” — Hollywood Progressive
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“A truly thrilling theater experience… this gender-reversed production is a feast for the body and soul… the entire cast is terrific!” — Reviewplays.com
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“A must see… I found myself shaking my head in awe of how well it worked, this risk of shifting genders… the acting is superb. Ellen Geer gives an exceptional performance as Queen Lear.… come prepared for a lovely evening of theatre, woods, food, and fun!” —Life In LA
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ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL

CRITIC’S CHOICE… upends preconceptions and provokes thought… centered by a never-better Willow Geer, whose supremely lucid Helena is an eloquent, self-actualized heroine for any era…“All’s Well” may not be a flawless work, but it nonetheless ends well here.” — Los Angeles Times
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The perfect summer outing or date-night theater event… All’s Well is packed full of delightful one-liners and memorable quotes… The physical comedy makes this play soar…diverse casting lends a marvelous cultural depth and honesty” —Topanga Messenger
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“RECOMMENDED…a fun show.. It’s quick, slick, and provides a great opportunity to see one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known plays with a fine cast, a unique venue and to enjoy more than a few laughs along the way.” — Stage Raw
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Much Ado About Nothing

“The story comes to life anew under the stars and sycamore trees…. convincing, compelling, funny.” — Life In LA
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  "A standing ovation from the Theatricum Botanicum crowd, as they were treated to a sublime performance." -  Living Out Loud Los Angeles
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2014 Season Productions


 

REVIEWS 2013
The Taming of the Shrew
Los Angeles Times "Critics Pick"
Edge Los Angeles
Shakespeare in LA
Splash Magazine Los Angeles
examiner.com
another review form the examiner

“CRITIC’S CHOICE! This rip-roaring take on William Shakespeare’s ever-popular romantic comedy opens the 40th anniversary season at this incomparable outdoor venue with marvelous forward momentum… [a] riotous, delightfully fun-filled romp.” — Los Angeles Times

FIVE STARS! every aspect of this production is remarkable… wild and perfect.” – L.A. Performing Arts Examiner

Boisterous, bawdy and big fun, Theatricum’s ‘Shrew’ is a must see” — LA Theater Examiner


“A brilliant production full of mirth, mischief and above all love...  Theatricum Botanicum delivers in a big way.” — Culver City News

“A gleeful production … This beautiful theater hidden away in the hills of Topanga and its skilled cast breathe new life into this old story.” — EDGE

“Organized mayhem… [a] naughty, bawdy, rowdy farce.” — LA Progressive

“A wonderful rowdy comedy  Shakespeare at its best in the fairytale setting of Topanga Canyon LA Splash

“FUNNY! Geer’s screams of frustration are believable… Gerald C. Rivers is hilarious as Christopher Sly.” – Examiner.com

“Delightful… A fast-paced comedy that charms and delights the audience the perfect date play for -summer” – Topanga Messenger

"Fast-paced- and acrobatic, with enough music, movement, and silly sound effects to keep whole families entertained from start to finish… the rustic, idyllic setting can convert the pickiest picnickers to fans of the bard..” – LA Mommy Poppins


MERLIN

topanga messenger

actors entertainment.com

Ambitious… fascinating… gorgeously costumed… This is one production where’s there’s magic in the venue as well as on the stage.” – Actors Reporter.com

“[A] magnum opus… these actors electrify the air with their portrayals of good versus evil, evil versus evil and good versus good, in a 12th century account of a power struggle that seems very akin to the 21st century. – Topanga Messenger


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Life in LA



The Royal Family

Los Angels Times

LA Stage Scene

LA Stage Times (Theatricum's royal family comes together on stage)

eyespyLA

Culver City News

LA Progressive

Stage Happenings

examiner.com

Topanga Messenger

“DELIGHTFUL…Those unacquainted with Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum are in for a rare treat… [deserves] high praise and our applause.” – EyeSpyLA

“DELICIOUS FUN… a rollicking, royal romp full of Bohemian bonhomie, an ode to those who have been bitten by the acting bug — and to those of us who enjoy watching them prance about on- and offstageLA Progressive

"Uproarious... a love-letter to the theatre" - Examiner.com


Reviews 2012

Heartbreak House
Backstage
Los Angeles Times
LA Weekly (GO)
Topanga Messenger
LA Splash
Mad Theatrics
Hollywood Progressive
Examiner.com
Blog Critics

Cherry Docs
LA Stage Times Article
A Little Night Music
LA Splash
KPFK Radio Interview
LA Times
Topanga Messenger

The Women Of Lockerbie
LA Stage Times
The Examiner
Backstage
Mad Theatrics
Life in LA
Stage Scene LA

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Advice To The Player


Measure For Measure (performances ended for 2012)
Los Angeles Times (Critic's Choice)
Backstage (Critic's Pick)
LA Weekly (GO)
Topanga Messenger
Examiner.com (Ron Irwin)
Examiner.com (Candyce Columbus)
Life in LA
Shakespeare in LA
Mad Theatrics
Advice To The Players
Thespian Thoughts (video)

2012 Articles/Radio

CBS Los Angeles   Splendor in the Woods
Los Angeles Times -  Influences:Ellen Geer
LA-ist - Why we love L.A. Summers

L.A Talk Radio Broad Topics
(Melora Marshall/ The Women of Lockerbie)
Southern Arizona News-Examiner

KPFK - Uprising interview with Ellen Geer



Reviews 2011

The Merry Wives of Windsor & A Midsummer Night's Dream
Los Angeles Times (Merry Wives and Midsummer)
Yahoo/Associated content
Examiner
Stage Happenings
Topanga Messenger

Tartuffe
Laist
Joe Straw
Buzzine (with Merry Wives)

Richard III
Los Angeles Times
Topanga Messenger
EyeSpyLA
LA Splash
So Cal
Hollywood Progresive

Rose Cottages
LA Times
LA Weekly
Topanga Messenger
LA Magazine

NoHo Arts

Rachel Corrie
LA Times
Topanga Messenger
LA Stage Watch
Palisades Patch
Stage and Cinema
Campus Circle

Articles

Valley Sun "It's no dream when a whimsical take on the bard delights Descanso Gardens audiences."

Topanga Messenger "The Theatricum Botanicum you didnt know"

Topanga Messenger  "A Conversation With Bill Bozzone"

Daily News  "Teen's life takes dramatic turn on Theatricum stage"

   




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