MARTHA - by Ellen Melaver, starring Christina Carlisi NOW EXTENDED THRU MAY 28TH!
The critics agree...
Recommended-TOP TEN! "A worthy tribute to a true original" Stage Raw
"Magnificent.....moments of magic...Incandescent"- LA Times
"Exquisite.....A stunning one-woman show" Broadway World
"Magic....passionate....elegant"- Sylvie Drake, Cultural Weekly
"Brilliant....a must-see! LA Splash
"Mesmerizing....dont miss it! LA Beat
"A rare treat.....profoundly moving" NoHoartsdistrict.com
"Simply great theatre"- Theatre Notes
Excerpts of reviews....
"There are moments of magic when Carlisi, aided by Camille Loftin's apt choreography and Derrick McDaniel's lovely lighting design, seems to channel the spirit of Graham. When Carlisi elegantly tangles herself in a telephone cord revealing the magnificent geometry of Graham's technique or performs Graham's iconic shrouded solo Lamentation, the mood of these scenes shifts into an almost awe-inspiring register. Similarly, a serene sparkle comes into her eye as she pretends to cup in her hands the face of Erick Hawkins, Graham's one-time husband and dance partner....Carlisi's performance can be incandescent." - LA Times
"As one who saw Graham and her company in her later years, when she continued to dance even when she could barely walk, I can vouch for the fact that the magic and charisma were still compelling despite her failing powers. I was skeptical of the notion that any modern performer could capture her essence. But Cristina Carlisi is startlingly successful in painting a credible, multi-layered portrait of a remarkable woman. Carlisi has done her homework well, and continually recreates iconic moments from Grahams career, or from the remarkable photographs by Barbara Morgan, Martha Swope and others.
All in all, this is a worthy tribute to a true original and a courageous groundbreaker whom some called the Picasso of the Dance" Neal Weaver - Stage Raw
"Christina Carlisi - A Tour de Force as MARTHA! Possesses all the creative elements, exquisitely combined, for a stunning one-woman show. Carlisi authentically communicates Ms. Graham's delicious and creative spirit via Melaver's clever, snappy-lined narratives." - Broadway World
"A smart script by Ellen Melaver, Carlisi brings Martha Graham vividly to life. Simply and elegantly produced, the play boasts excellence in both the direction by Stewart J. Zully and the choreography of Camille Loftin. Martha is simply great theatre. See this show while you can." - Theatre Notes
"A must-see...a wonderful opportunity to explore the inner workings of a clever, very funny, interesting woman who just happens to be a dancer. Supple and talented Christina Carlisi does a brilliant job" - LA Splash
"A poignant and insightful play....Martha is a one woman show featuring the very talented actor/dancer, Christina Carlisi. Through movement, Carlisi embodies the physical and personal sacrifices that Graham made for her art." - SeeDance News
A breathtaking piece in both its simplicity as well as its complexity Culver City News
Mesmerizing...Christina Carlisi exquisitely brings Martha Graham to life." - LA Beat
A solo play, starring Christina Carlisi, about legendary pioneer of modern dance, Martha Graham. A fierce, witty, trailblazing feminist, who refused to let age define or confine her.
Martha Graham was an electrifying performer and a major artist of the twentieth century, who possessed a gift for revealing emotion through the dances she created...telling stories and expressing beliefs, the likes of which no one had ever seen. She pursued her vision with unwavering dedication, in spite of the difficulties and challenges it brought to her life. Which were many.
The life of a dancer is usually very short. In Martha Graham's case, she continued to dance into her seventies, because she simply refused to quit. Martha, by Ellen Melaver, reveals the struggle an artist endures as the ravages of age can make continuing one's career difficult, and nearly impossible. When is it time to say..."when."
Martha from Tina on Vimeo.
Whitefire Theater (View)
13500 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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