Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Rachel Rosenthal's Tohubohu in Los Angeles: One of a Kind

The Rachel Rosenthal Company's 'Tohubohu' is quite an interesting and very novel show.  I can honestly say that I have never seen anything like it.  And that is the beauty of Rosenthal's performance technique.  Each show will be entirely different than the next.  So although I can tell you about my experience there, yours could be completely different.  While the show definitely took me out of my comfort zone, it was in such a good way.  Even in Los Angeles, it is tough to come across something that you have never seen before. But in this case, 'Tohubohu' is it.

The intimate theater, 'Espace Dbd' is lead by Rosenthal- who directs the actors into different situations to see what happens.  The name 'Tohubohu', loosely translated, means “collision or chaos” which Rosenthal describes as their process and technique.  No one knows what will happen before it actually occurs. And it's a safe bet that what you see will never happen again. “When it’s good, it’s sublime. And when it’s bad, it can be a painful experience. Much like human existence,” says Rosenthal in a naked assessment of the art form, “Sometimes you walk away scratching your head wondering what the hell you just watched. We embrace that sort of uncertainty and chaos which is counter to highly processed culture.” The show itself integrates movement, voice, choreography, improvisation, costuming, lighting, music and a variety of props/sets.

Each monthly performance, which started Feb 19th,  will span three nights during one weekend. All performances begin at 7:30 or 8:30pm. Tickets cost $20. Reservations are necessary to insure seats and can be made by calling 310-839-0661 or online via Brown Paper Tickets at

Spring/Summer 2010 Schedule:
MAR 12th, 13th & 14th
APR 9th, 10th & 11th
MAY 7th, 8th & 9th
JUN 11th 12th & 13th

SUNDAYS: at 7:30PM

Espace Dbd/The Rachel Rosenthal Company
2847 South Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034
- cross street: Hargis Street
- street parking is available
- enter the building through the alley

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