Abingdon Square at the Open Fist Theatre

Open Fist Theatre Company presents Abingdon Square by Maria Irene Fornes Directed by Martha Demson

LA WEEKLY RECOMMENDS!  “Martha Demson’s superb direction underscores the Jamesian ambiguity in María Irene Fornés’ period drama . . . [Demson] has an eye for creating gorgeous stage tableaux . . . Dan Reed’s moody lighting deserves special mention.” — Sandra Ross

LA TIMES PRAISES  “Demson’s direction is appropriately calm and circumspect, and she creates some marvelously ambiguous, haunting stage pictures with Maureen Weiss and Josh Worth’s set and Dan Reed’s lights. . . . it’s to the credit of Demson and her committed cast, particularly Fox and Blakesley, whose striking mismatch proves to be as strangely moving as it is disorienting.” — Rob Kendt

CURTAINUP.COM RAVES!  “. . . chiseled by Fornes into a play full of depths and unexpected byways. . . . Fornes is considered one of the most prominent American avant-garde playwrights. Seeing her turn her hand to a conventional form in a repressive period is of great interest and a testament to her infinite variety. . . . Heather Fox and James Brandon vividly express the pain and confusion of Marion and Michael. . . . Blakesley’s portrait of Juster shows a devastating transition to a man torn by anguish and fury.” — Laura Hitchcock

Open Fist Theatre Company presents the Los Angeles premiere of Maria Irene Fornes’ ABINGDON SQUARE. In turn-of-the-century New York, a grief-stricken girl of 15, recently bereft of her parents, finds comfort and relief in marriage to a man old enough to be her father. As this child becomes a woman, and desire for security turns to a desperate need for sexual fulfillment, what once was a comfort becomes a nightmare for both husband and wife. ABINGDON SQUARE shows us a tender yet frightening examination of the marriage bond.

“Abingdon Square” presented by the Open Fist Theatre, 1625 N. La Brea, Hollywood. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 7 p.m. Jan. 9-Feb. 14. (323) 882-6912.

L.A. Weekly Award – Best Lighting Design, Dan Reed
L.A. Weekly Nomination – Best Director, Martha Demson
L.A. Weekly Nomination – Leading Female Performer, Heather Fox


The Cosmonaut’s Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union At the Open Fist Theatre Company

LA Weekly Pick of the Week! “. . . directed by Stefan Novinski with a pristine blend of tenderness and humor. The precariousness of memory, a series of ironic coincidences, and phrases occasionally repeated by different characters in contrary situations all establish the wistful, poetical tone — through which Novinski and his perfect cast navigate so brilliantly.” — Steven Leigh Morris

Backstage West Raves! “[Greig] builds this play much like a composer builds a chord, each new note resonating with the note before while adding a new shade of color, until the final effect is a stunningly unified whole. Director Stefan Novinski’s intriguing vision of the play is brought to life here by a uniformly stellar and brilliantly cast ensemble.” — Laura Weinert

curtainup.com: “the message flows under the fluid direction of Stefan Novinski. . . . The ensemble aptly renders portraits of these lonely people, giving them dignity even when they are ridiculous or repugnant.” — Jana J. Monji

Scottish playwright David Greig’s mesmerizing tone poem on the limits of communication traces a web that connects such diverse characters as a Scottish civil servant and his wife, a Norwegian diplomat, a Russian exotic dancer, a French UFO researcher and a pregnant detective, to two cosmonauts orbiting endlessly above them.

Open Fist Theater,
1625 N. La Brea Ave. Hlywd.
Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; thru Nov. 22. (323) 882-6912.

L.A. Weekly Award – Best Production of 2003
L.A. Weekly Award – Best Director, Stefan Novinski
L.A. Weekly Award – Best Production Design
L.A. Weekly Nomination – Ensemble
L.A. Weekly Nomination – Lighting Design. Dan Reed