Dahms, in the course of his intense, tour de force monologue, manages to flesh out all three Booths and bring them to life, not only when they’re on stage and performing classic roles, but in their private lives as well, grappling with their ferocious demons.
Willard Manus – Total Theater
His performance more than offsets a script that tends to flit about and needs greater coherency and context.
Lovell Estell III – LA Weekly
One may hope that Dahms will continue to re-work this material after his short run, as he is pointing to some strong theatre here, but for now it is uneven and unsatisfying.
Dale Reynolds – Stagehappenings (Son of Semele Review)
The Player King is performed brilliantly by its author, and should be seen by anyone with an interest in the theater or in Anglo-American history.
Steven Christian Amendola – LifeInLA
Dahms’ boldly weaves in Shakespeare’s words, and most famous soliloquies, to illustrate the dramatic action and spiritual changes throughout. Brilliantly written and performed, this is a must-see for lovers of Shakespeare and students of history.
Morna Murphy Martell – Theatre Spoken Here
THE PLAYER KING
1089 North Oxford Ave, Los Angeles
Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.
Thru Nov. 2, 2013
Tickets: $20; (800) 838-3006
Running Time: 90 min
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