by Willard Manus
As part of
its new play production program, Center Theatre Group recently presented
PERMANENT COLLECTION, which was first offered in 2005 by the Equity-waiver
companies Robey Theatre and Greenway Arts Alliance. The CTG re-mounted
the show at its "uptown" home, the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
upsets Paul Barrow (Doug Cox), the white curator who was passed over for
the top job. Believing that the museum's mandate and principles have been
violated, he sounds off to a local reporter (Kiersten Morgan), thereby
triggering a community brouhaha which results in his being fired by North.
Barrow fights back by forming a protest group which pickets the museum.
Accusations of racism and discrimination hurtle back and forth over the
walls of the institution, with devastating results.
On tap at the Kirk Douglas Theatre are the family show The Stones by Tom Lycos & Stefo Nantsou (March 12-April 9); Solomania!, a repertory festival of solo performance artists--Jerry Quigley in Live From the Front, Dan Guerrero in Gaytino!, Adriana Sevan in Taking Flight and Roger G. Smith in The Watts Tower Project (April 26-June 11); and the American premiere of Pyrenees by David Greig (July 2-Aug 6).
Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Call (213) 628-2772 or visit CenterTheatreGroup.org