DEATH OF A SALESGIRL: 100% – SWEET

Patricia Scanlon in “Death of a Salesgirl” at Bootleg Theater. Credit: Justin Zsebe.

SWEET
Death of a Salesman goes into a cinematic blender, which transforms the original’s thematic preoccupations into a noir grudge match between the past and present.
Mindy Farabee – LA Weekly

SWEET
This play was written by Patricia Scanlon, and brilliantly directed by Matt McCray. Award-winning animator Dan Lund, video designer Adam Fleming and sound designer John Zalewski bring their amazing talents to the bootleg theater to give you something you’ve never seen before.
Karen Rennie – The Los Angeles Beat

SWEET
Scanlon (the writer) likes to take these eternal dilemmas (square peg in round hole-ism) and pretty them up for her audience with a shiny piece of red ribbon. All the while she knowingly acknowledges that there will never be enough ribbon in the world to tip the scales of justice towards equality, nor enough wardrobe and makeup to put Cat and her ilk on a level playing field with the capital W Winners of the world… So instead, she revs up her cavalcade of crazy and lets it loose on the audience, on the world, on the theater scene. And she succeeds.
Howie Cohen – Thomas Hampton Reviews

SWEET
The production is a serendipitous collaboration by a team of long-time Los Angeles theater artists who have created an experience that will amuse, touch, startle and inspire the audience.
Tony Frankel – Stage and Cinema

SWEET
Those who have experienced Arthur Miller’s version won’t be unfamiliar with the emotional impact the lonely salesperson’s story can have; this one delivers its wallop in 75 minutes.
Dany Margolies – ArtsInLA

SWEET
I can only imagine how cathartic this work must be for Scanlon. Her intense and bold portrayal is visceral to watch. Catching you off guard after so many humorous lines are spoken, Scanlon’s face resonates with years of frustration and deep hidden pain.
Kelly Hargraves – Campus Circle

SWEET
Ultimately, as is the case with other forms of abstract art, different pieces will resonate with different viewers. Death of a Salesgirl jumps between outrageously funny and nearly sickening to watch in a snap, but it will keep your rapt attention for all 70 minutes. Even if you walk out feeling completely confused, there is no way you’ll forget the experience of seeing this play.
Marianne Zumberge – Daily Trojan

SWEET
The multimedia pizzazz will attract a group of theatregoers that would be more reticent to attend ‘a night of theater’ and they will be pleasantly gob smacked by this subversively sophisticated piece. Given this period of a suffering economy and unemployment still high, this play is timely—but with the sharp analysis of the tumult and torture involved in toxic, unhealthy relationships—the piece is timeless.
Jesse David Corti – Stage and Cinema

DEATH OF A SALESGIRL
Bootleg Theater
2200 Beverly Blvd., Silver Lake
Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; through Nov. 17, 2012
Tickets:  General Admission $25, Students and Seniors are $18; (213) 389-3856

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