The storyline sees managing director Josef Gross ( a solid Bart Petty) discovering a memo on his desk which seems to be written in gibberish but which is actually the corporation’s new official language – Ptydepe – which all employees have to learn… or else.
There have been some fun modern updates to the text – like a string of corporate tweets projected on the wall – but I wish there had been some cuts too. For an already long play starts to drag by stressing the same points
again and again when it should be finding the comic beats rather than returning to more corporate bureaucracy.
Written by Vaclav Havel
Translated by Vera Blackwell
Directed by Jen Bloom
Produced by Santa Monica Reportory Theater.
At Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Boulevard, Santa
Monica, CA 90403.
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7.30pm until April 20.
Tickets $30, Seniors and Students $20.
Reservations: (213) 268 1454
Online ticketing: Santa Monica Rep
CAST: Bart Petty, Barbara Urich, Yael Berkovich, Bill
Charlton,Burl Moseley, Tania Getty, Sara Meyer, Ewan Chung, David Evan
Artistic Director/Producer – Eric Bloom
Stage Manager – Adrienne Johnson-Lister
Production/Projection Design – Sean T Cawelti
Costume Design – Maddie Keller
Lighting Design – Mike Stone
Sound Design – Andy Mitton
Publicity – Philip Sokoloff
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