Theater Preview: ANDRÉ & DORINE (Los Angeles Theatre Center)

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by Tony Frankel on May 17, 2022

in Theater-Los Angeles

THERE ARE NO WORDS

It was one of those magical evenings in the theater that shall live with me forever. When Kulunka Teatro’s André & Dorine appeared at the Los Angeles Theatre Center back in 2012, I considered myself among the lucky few privileged enough to have witnessed such grace and simplicity. The show which left me emotionally raw but fervently inspired is actually returning with the original cast from the Basque Country of Spain to present this wonderment for a two-week run at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, June 8 through June 19, 2022. Missing this show might possibly be the dumbest thing you have ever done. See our review.

A poignant depiction of love and aging disrupted by Alzheimer’s, André & Dorine tells the story of an elderly couple — André with his typewriter, Dorine with her cello — and how they relive and reinvent their love together as the disease becomes a permanent part of their relationship. Three actors portray more than 15 different characters using no spoken dialogue, telling the story with only masks, gesture and movement.

Established in 2010 in the Basque region of Spain, Kulunka Teatro experiments with stage language to produce theater that is vibrant, contemporary, committed and strongly connected to reality. In addition to enjoying success throughout Spain, the company has toured extensively in Europe, South America, Asia and the United States, winning multiple awards including the Spanish equivalent of a Tony Award for Solitude and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award for André & Dorine.

Written by
GARBIÑE INSAUSTI, JOSÉ DAULT, IÑAKI RIKARTE
EDU CÁRMACO, ROLANDO SAN MARTÍN
Directed by
IÑAKI RIKARTE
Original Music by
YAYO CÁCERES
Set Design by
LAURA ELISEVA GÓMEZ
Masks by
GARBIÑE INSAUSTI
Costume Design by
IKERNE GIMÉNEZ
Assistant Director
ROLANDO SAN MARTÍN

photos by Gonzalo Jerez and Manuel D.

André & Dorine
Kalunka Teatro
presented by Latino Theatre Company
Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St. in DTLA
Wed-Sat at 8; Sun at 4 | ends on June 19, 2022
for tickets ($10–$48), call 213-489-0994 or visit Latino Theatre Company
for more info, visit Kulunka Teatro

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