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Thespian Thoughts – Doctor Anonymous – Theatre Review by Sandro Monetti

Thespian Thoughts – Doctor Anonymous – Theatre Review by Sandro Monetti

Episode: 70

 
 


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DOCTOR ANONYMOUS – “Gay pride and prejudice make for an entertaining play”
Theatre Review By SANDRO MONETTI

 


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Gay pride and prejudice are the themes of this impressive world premiere production based on a landmark real life event.


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At the 1972 American Psychiatric Convention, a psychiatrist bravely announced from the stage that he was gay at a time when homosexuality was still classified as a mental illness. The play speculates on the events which might have led up to his decision.


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Matt Crabtree does a great job of playing the shrink with a secret as he wrestles with his true nature and struggles at putting his profession before passion.


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Barry Pearl shines as a veteran doctor who recommends gay aversion therapy to try and “save” his colleague and Richard Sabine wins lots of laughs as a self loathing gay patient.


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Director John Henry Davis and writer Guy Frederick Glass cleverly draw out the comedy from a story which in lesser hands could have turned into a preachy polemic.


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There is good use of 1972 television footage between scenes – everything from a Liberace variety show appearance to news footage of homosexuals being rounded up by police patrols – which adds a real sense of atmosphere to
an entertaining and informative evening of theatre.


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DOCTOR ANONYMOUS

Written by Guy Frederick Glass

Directed by John Henry Davis

Presented by Gap in the Wall Productions

 

At Zephyr Theatre, 7465 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
90046

Fridays and Saturdays at 8, Sundays at 7 until May 4

Tickets $25 from 323 960 7724 or Plays 411

 

Cast:
Matt Crabtree, Christopher Frontiero, Kevin Held, Barry Pearl, Richard Sabine, and Jonathan
Torres.

 

Produced by Racquel Lehrman

 

Set and Light Design – Joel Daavid

Sound Design – Chris Moscatiello

Costume Design – Shannon Kennedy

Projection Design – Troy Hauschild

Production Stage Manager – Laure Jamme

Publicist – Lucy Pollak

 


 


Sandro Monetti

Sandro Monetti

 

Thespian Thoughts is a theatre review article on Actors Entertainment, a channel on the Actors Podcast Network, a Pepper Jay Production.


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