I cannot express the “experience-ness” (not a word, but I’m using it) of this production enough. It is 100% a must-see piece of theater that rivals anything at The McCallum (with no offense meant to the McCallum). Karsten is taking CVRep to new heights, and this is one thrill ride I’m happy to be on.
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Congratulations to director Adam Karsten, the entire cast and the production crew for delivering a magical evening of theatre.
I have had the pleasure of reviewing some impressive shows in the desert over the years, particularly at CVRep, so believe me when I say: This production of Once is the most moving, innovative fusion of acting, singing, dancing and instrumental music I have ever seen.
It’s as if the Los Angeles Philharmonic suddenly transformed into the energetic cast of “Fame” with Irish brogues and Czech accents.
This is a true ensemble piece—and the acting here is strong. Arthur Hanket returns to the CVRep stage as Erik. He perfectly embodies the solid, stoic, working-class man who wants the best for his family. But underneath the surface is a raging mass of emotion—guilt, fear, anger and resentment. It’s an excellent performance.
The Human’s Arthur Hanket and Barbara Lee Bragg visit KESQ’s Eye on the Desert to talk about the upcoming production.
Karsten is only the second artistic director in CV Rep’s history, succeeding Ron Celona, who created the repertory more than a decade ago. The new Coachella Valley resident has spent more than 20 years working in the theater arts, primarily in New York City, from directing Off-Broadway shows and touring productions to producing the Emmy-winning series “Live From Lincoln Center.”
Award winning producer and artist Dan Guerrero has given due respect to both LGBT and Chicano history. Now it is his turn to remember his father Lalo Guerrero, who is the “Father of Chicano Music” with a film screening, and musical performances from his brother Mark. He talks to Bonnie G. about the importance of culture, being productive and his father’s legacy.