Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine
Mar 042013
 

WEST COAST PREMIERE OF “TRIBES” OPENS SUNDAY, MARCH 10
AT THE CENTER THEATRE GROUP/MARK TAPER FORUM
Nina Raine’s Powerful New Play Continues Through April 14, 2013

Ahmanson Theatre WEST COAST PREMIERE OF TRIBES

(L to R) Lee Roy Rogers, Jeff Still, Will Brill, Gayle Rankin and Russell Harvard in €œTribes€ at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum.Photo by Craig Schwartz

The West Coast premiere of “Tribes” opens Sunday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. The Barrow Street Theatre production of Nina Raine’s penetrating new comic drama about belonging, family and the value of communication continues through April 14, 2013. (Preview performances began on February 27.)
At the center of “Tribes” is Billy, the youngest son of a raucous family of intellectuals obsessed with self expression. As his parents and siblings verbally spar and compete for attention, Billy, who is deaf, catches what he can by lip-reading.
When Billy meets Sylvia, a young woman who is an expert at sign language and is losing her hearing, he asks her to teach him how to sign, and for the first time, he is introduced to the deaf community. Billy’s life is transformed as a different world is unveiled to him. But when a new door opens, does another have to be closed?
Directed by David Cromer, the cast features four original cast members from the acclaimed off-Broadway production at the Barrow Street Theatre, Will Brill, Russell Harvard, Susan Pourfar and Gayle Rankin, as well as Lee Roy Rogers and Jeff Still who took over roles in the long-running New York production.  Scenic design is by Scott Pask, costume design is by Tristan Raines, lighting design is by Keith Parham, sound design is by Daniel McKluger and projection design is by Jeff Sugg.  The production stage managers are David S. Franklin and Richard A. Hodge.
“Tribes” was on the Best of 2012 lists in The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and Time Out New York.  Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post called “Tribes” off-Broadway a “. . . dazzling play . . . pitch-perfect.” Adam Feldman of Time Out said, “. . . there are moments in this play that I don’t think I will ever forget – scenes that tap the beauty that can live and resound in silence.” Paul Levy of the Wall St. Journal said of the London premiere, “It’s the best-written, best-plotted, deepest, most daring – and funniest – new play in recent years.”
Tickets for “Tribes” are available by calling (213) 628-2772, visiting online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, or in person at the Center Theatre Group box office at the Ahmanson Theatre. Tickets range from $20 – $70 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Mark Taper Forum is located at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.

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