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Elephant Stages' Lillian Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
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Alone, numb, and friendless after the death of his father, high school senior Eli moves with his English professor mom from San Francisco for a fresh start in Iowa.  A new relationship with a boy at school exposes him again to the possibility of closeness and the danger of being swallowed by it.

"Powerful...holds us in its grip..a contribution to gay literature." - LA Times

"The piece -- the first work by the L.A. branch of New York company Rattlestick Playwrights Theater -- emerges as a hip, savvy study of emotional and sexual ambivalence, beautifully directed and acted by a terrific ensemble."
- LA Weekly

"100% SWEET!" - Bitter Lemons

"The deconstructed text is challenging  hopping back and forth in place and time utilizing a plethora of short scenes packed into eighty-five minutes  but the experience is compelling and occasionally shocking (there is also male nudity in this production). Ultimately, the play's strength lies in its honest depiction of abuse and loneliness."
Jesse David Corti  Stage and Cinema

"Be prepared to have your heartstrings tugged and tear ducts flowing, especially during the Eli/Jake scenes near the end. A number of hysterical bawdy jokes will make you laugh amongst the tears (look out for the Michael Jackson rib near the end)."
Gil Kaan  Culture Spot

"A young man's traumatic journey from adolescence to adulthood comes to vivid, heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful life in Daniel Talbott's 2009 drama Slipping, whose Los Angeles premiere reunites its pair of New York stars under the incisive direction of its multitalented writer."
Steven Stanley  StageSceneLA

"...Slipping is an important new play, one that needs to be shared on whatever level it is offered. Because Talbott's writing and staging is so clearly filmic, it wouldn't be surprising if this run in our reclaimed desert might find it has an even more apparent future than the emergence of its original star."
Travis Michael Holder  ArtsInLA

"In dramatizing this distinction, Talbott has (for all his play's unwieldiness) not only given his actors rich material to inhabit but he has made a contribution to gay literature."
Charles McNulty  LA Times

"Even so, the quality of the writing maintains a high level of behavioral observation, makes its points deftly without untoward highlighting and gives the actors room to supply considerable illuminating detail, even when they devolve into testosterone-fueled fidgets. The playwright, himself an actor, also directs, and he knows how to orchestrate the dramatic values to best advantage."
Myron Meisel  The Hollywood Reporter

"All too often, coming of age stories come across as stale and trite, but "Slipping" exists in a deeper world than many of its contemporaries. While it's not outright devastating, there's something heartbreaking about growing up, and about Eli's story in particular. "Slipping" flourishes in the space between the infinitesimal cracks it creates in the audiences' hearts."
Katie Buenneke  Neon Tommy

"To the extent Slipping is a coming-out story, it's the story of Jake, not Eli. Everyone knows Eli is gay; it is Jake who goes on the journey of self-discovery. And it is a fun journey not full of angst and confusion, but excitement and joy."
Sharon Perlmutter  Talkin' Broadway

"This is a remarkable production of a striking play, produced by Addie Johnson-Talbott and Gaalan Michaelson with style and grace for Rattlestick-West Productions, exhibiting much insight into teenaged and young-twenties angst. A coming-out play, it skips most of the clichés inherent in the genre and allows real characters to come into their own. Highly recommended for all audiences."
Dale Reynolds  Stagehappenings

"Talbott's direction and staging elements are highly styled, very calculated, and imbued with metaphor. The production resounds with young hormonal rage mixed with moments of sheer sweetness and affection for the work ...being treated to the lusciousness of a complex first-love story, is worth the price of admission."
Mia Bonadonna  LAist

"The L.A. premiere of this excellent piece, produced by the New York-based Rattlestick Playwrights Company that introduced the play Off-Broadway, is graced with a handsomely mounted and consummately acted rendition."
Les Spindle  Backstage
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Elephant Stages' Lillian Theatre (View)
1076 Lillian Way
Los Angeles, CA 90038
United States


Arts > Literary
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Social > LGBT

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



Stephano P.
Los Angeles, CA United States
May 05, 2013 4:21 PM
Daryl M.
Santa Monica, CA United States
May 05, 2013 3:12 PM
Daniel G.
Santa Monica, CA United States
May 05, 2013 3:12 PM
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May 05, 2013 2:48 PM
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