June 06--Beckett call 'Molloy' in Ventura
"I was out of sorts. They are deep, my sorts, a deep ditch, and I am not often out of them."
Samuel Beckett's characters, wrestling mainly with their minds, are achingly comic and truthful observers of the human condition.
The title character in Beckett's 1951 novel "Molloy" is a homeless wanderer who will break your heart, make you laugh and question existence all at the same time: "Yes, there were times when I forgot not only who I was but that I was, forgot to be."
"Molloy" is the first of three novels in a "trilogy" by the Nobel Prize-winning writer that also includes "Malone Dies" and "The Unnamable." The novel is mostly a monologue, so its adapts well to theater. Local audiences will have a chance to see one of the world's most acclaimed Beckett actors, Irish actor Conor Lovett, perform a stage version of "Molloy" on Saturday at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura.
Lovett is making a return to Ventura. In 2004, he performed during Rubicon's BeckettFest, and in 2008, gave a staged reading of Beckett's novella "First Love" at the theater's International Theatre Festival. He's also played Lucky and Vladimir in "Waiting for Godot," Hamm in "Endgame," Bern in "What Where" and many other Beckett roles. "Molloy" is directed by Lovett's partner, Judy Hegarty Lovett, as a production of their theater company, Gare St Lazare Players.
An EdinburgGuide.com reviewer wrote of Lovett's 2011 performance in "The Beckett Trilogy" (which included excerpts from "Molloy" as well as the other two novels), "Through the magical delivery of Conor Lovett, who puts in possibly the finest performance I have ever seen, the heart of its meaning sets your soul alight even if you do not understand why."
"Molloy" will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. Tickets are $25. Call 667-2900 or visit http://www.rubicontheatre.org.
"The Birthday of the Infanta": Senga Classic Stage Company presents this story by Oscar Wilde about a spoiled girl who is brought a deformed boy for entertainment on her 12th birthday. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, June 14-23, Ojai Valley Grange, 381 Cruzero St., Ojai. $12. 646-4885; sengaclassicstagecompany.com.
"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof": Camarillo Skyway Playhouse presents the Tennessee Williams classic about a Southern family in crisis. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through June 23, 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo. $18 general admission; $13 seniors, students and military; $10 children. 388-5716; skywayplayhouse. bpt. me.
"The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds": An all-woman cast presents Paul Zindel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a widow and her two daughters. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays, through June 16, Ojai ACT, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. $15-$18. 640-8797; ojaiact.org.
"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum": Panic! Productions closes its second season with Stephen Sondheim's musical comedy directed by Joshua Finkel. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through June 16, Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. $20 general admission, $18 seniors and students. 381-1246; hillcrestarts.com.
"Haunted House Calls: Twilight": The Elite Theatre Company's Between the Pillars program and Magic Castle magician Micah Cover present this show that blends theater with magic in a story about a husband and wife who vanish. 7 p.m. Sundays, through June 30, 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. $12-$20. 483 5118; elitetheatre.org.
"Las mujeres de verdad tienen curvas/Real Women Have Curves": Teatro de las Americas presents Josefina Lopez's play about five full-figured Latinas working in a Los Angeles sewing factory in 1987. In Spanish with English subtitles. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through June 15, Oxnard College Black Box Theater, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. $15. 231-0127; teatrodelasamericas.org.
"Les Miserables": The High Street Arts Center presents the musical based on Victor Hugo's novel. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through July 7, 45 E. High St., Moorpark. $20 general admission; $16 seniors, students, teachers and military; $12 children. 529-8700; highstreetartscenter.com.
"Lit From Within": Santa Paula Theater Center presents a collection of one-act plays. Recommended for mature audiences. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays, through June 16, 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. $12 general admission; $10 seniors, students and military. 525-4645; santapaulatheatercenter.org.
"The Magic Flute": The Los Angeles-area premiere of Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of "The Magic Flute," which moves the opera to World War I and features an English libretto, will be screened at select movie theaters, including the Roxy Stadium 11 in Camarillo. The film's soundtrack is conducted by L.A. Opera music director James Conlon. The screening will be followed by a live webcast conversation with Branagh. 1 p.m. June 9, 6:30 p.m. June 12, 5001 Verdugo Way, Camarillo. laopera.com.
"The Miracle Worker": Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi presents William Gibson's play about Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through July 7, Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. $22 general admission, $18 seniors and students, $16 children. 583-7900; simi-arts.org.
Plays-in-Progress: The Rubicon Theatre Company, as part of its Plays-in-Progress series, presents free readings of two new plays-in-development: "Edgar Allan Poe's Flawless Murder," a psychological thriller by Gary W. Marion about the bizarre circumstances of Poe's death, 8 p.m. June 8 and 2 p.m. June 15; and "Mary Marie," a family musical by Chana Wise and Carl Johnson, 2 p.m. June 9. The readings will be followed by talk-backs with audiences. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. Free, but advance reservations recommended. 667-2900; rubicontheatre.org.
"Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune": Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara closes its 2012-2013 season with Terrence McNally's romantic comedy about a cynical waitress and a romantic short-order cook who spend a night together. 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through June 23, Alhecama Theatre, 914 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara. $20-$65. 965-5400; ensembletheatre.com.
"Dulce Rosa": Placido Domingo conducts the world premiere of this new opera by composer Lee Holdridge and librettist Richard Sparks as part of Los Angeles Opera's "Off Grand" series of eclectic works. Through June 9, The Broad Stage, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $20-$150. 310-434-3200; thebroadstage.com.
"Joe Turner's Come and Gone": Directed by Phylicia Rashad, the play is the second installment in August Wilson's "The Century Cycle." Through June 9, Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. 213-628-2772; centertheatregroup.org.
"Priscilla Queen of the Desert": The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical tells the story of three friends on a road trip in the Australian outback and features hits including "It's Raining Men" and "I Will Survive." Through June 16, Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. $25 and up. broadwayla.org.
"The Scottsboro Boys": This Tony Award-winning musical based on a famous court case in the 1930s tells the story of nine teenage African American boys unjustly accused of rape. Through June 30, Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. $20-$115. 213-972-4400; centertheatregroup.org.
"Tosca": Los Angeles Opera presents Giacomo Puccini's opera. Through June 8, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. $19 and up. 213-972-8001; laopera.com.
"Yes, Prime Minister": Jonathan Lynn directs the American premiere of this award-winning British comedy about political power and intrigue. Through July 14, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles. $37-$77. 310-208-5454; geffenplayhouse.com.
David Popper Centennial Cello Concert: Local cello teacher Joyce Geeting and a select group of her students will perform works by David Popper to celebrate the centennial of the death of the famous cellist-composer. 4 p.m. June 9, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1 W. Avenida de los Arboles, Thousand Oaks. Donations accepted. 818-340-3940.
Los Robles Master Chorale: The ensemble, with guest musicians and vocal soloists, conducted by Lesley Leighton, will perform Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" at an end-of-season concert. 7:30 p.m. June 9, St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church, 2475 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. $22 general admission, $18 seniors and students. 526-7464; losroblesmasterchorale.org.
Pacific Shores Chorale: Conducted by E. Burns Taft, the ensemble will perform a concert program titled "The New Eve: A Litany of Song Honoring Mary," featuring works by Mozart, Thomas Tallis and others. 8 p.m. June 14, Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura; 2 p.m. June 15, First Presbyterian Church, 850 Ivywood Drive, Oxnard. $15-$20 in advance, $20-$25 at the door. 620-1000; pacificshoresphil.com.
CULTURE AND MORE
Banner Dan Concert: The Santa Paula Theater Center presents Americana musician Dan Mazer of Paso Robles playing banjo and other instruments. 7:30 p.m. June 8, 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. $15. 525-4645; santapaulatheatercenter.org/concerts.html.
Simi Valley Jazz/Dance Club: The club presents live music by the Jimmy McConnell Big Band and a jam session by local musicians. 1-4:30 p.m. June 9, Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley. $9 general admission, $6 members. 523-1092.
Community Contemporary Music Concert: Singer-songwriter Cassandra Vaniotis will perform easy-rock originals. Proceeds benefit student scholarships. 2 and 5 p.m. June 9, Panaro Bros. Winery, 4517 Market St, Ventura. $14.95-$26.95. 800-300-8445; concertartshows.org.
Gold Coast Wind Ensemble: The group's season-finale concert will feature Akey's "Canarios Fantasia," Ticheli's "Rest," Reed's "First Suite," Bernstein's "Four Symphonic Dances" from "West Side Story," Sousa's "Rifle Regiment," "The Magic of Andrew Lloyd Webber" and Hesketh's "Masque." 2:30 p.m. June 9, Scherr Forum Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. $18 general admission, $10 students and seniors. 492-0049; gcwe.org.
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