The production runs for another week on campus at LACC!
Thu. 11/29 @ 7:15pm
Fri. 11/30 @ 8pm
Sat. 12/1 @ 2pm & 8pm
By Catherine Wagley
By Channing Sargent
By L.A. Weekly critics
By Amanda Lewis
By Catherine Wagley
By Carol Cheh
By Keegan Hamilton
By Bill Raden
Button is pleasingly droll when answering an interviewer citing another interviewer accusing Warhol of not being original.
Warhol simply agrees. I'm not original, he says. Yes, I do copy. It's easier.
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Region: West L.A.
3191 Casitas Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Category: Community Venues
Region: Northeast L.A.
The performance gets to the heart of a paradox that's now moved well beyond the art world into the modern information age: Warhol's celebration of the facile and the famous. Warhol once exuded about his love of Hollywood and its celebrities.
Warhol believed that artists create things that aren't needed, whereas the famous have something everybody wants. This is terrible news for people trying to create something original and profound.For these people, even in the 1960s, Warhol was the prophet of a cultural apocalypse.
In the play, he is both the embodiment of pretentiousness and its opposite: plainspoken and distracted, he turns a movie camera on one of his "superstars" (the title given to the big personalities who were part of his inner circle) just to explain and walks away. It's easier that way. The camera does all the work, he says. Whatever happens, happens. Whatever doesn't, doesn't. This is one of the birth pangs of postmodern cinema, high art that looks a whole lot like reality TV.
"Whatever happens, happens" is very much part of Warhol's life philosophy, tethered directly to his philosophy of making art. It shouldn't be as agitating as it seems, and as it was, to neurotics and control freaks. Warhol's view is actually as liberating as surrender.
The staging and the play get to the heart of that idea. Even when superstar Edie Sedgwick loses her mind and her life, Untitled Warhol Project is a lovely, oddly sweet event.
UNTITLED WARHOL PROJECT | Created by Leslie Ferreira, Tina Kronis and Richard Alger | Presented by the Odyssey Theatre and Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy | 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., W.L.A.; Thursdays-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. | Through Nov. 18. | (310) 477-2055, odysseytheatre.com.
RED BARN | By David Melville and Melissa Chalsma | Presented by Independent Shakespeare Company at Atwater Crossing | 3191 Casitas Ave., Atwater Village | Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. | Through Nov. 18, | (818) 710-6306, iscla.org, atwatercrossingkitchen.com.