Weekly Arts Fix (Jan. 27): Diary of Anne Frank and Leslie King’s Art (video)

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This last week was quite special. The Reno Theater season’s started, and a very talented artist showed her work. This was just the start of Reno’s theater season, and over the next two weeks there will be no less than three more new shows opening.

The Diary of Anne Frank at Bruka Theatre
As the theater season begins, Bruka Theater sets the bar with their production of The Diary of Anne Frank. The set design brings in the mood of isolation and desperation. The lighting inspires deep emotions directing the audience to the moment. Perfectly cast, and under the directing prowess of Holly Natwora, the performance was without fault. Actors conveyed so much emotion with their heartfelt performances.

Most of us know the story — two Jewish families hiding in a secret annex, surviving the Nazi trail of death and humiliation during the Holocaust. We know how the story ends, which make the emotions run high as we see Anne Frank come of age but still keep some of her innocence and hope for the future. I won’t go further into the story, but I do recommend seeing this production. This is the perfect start to Reno’s theater season.

I can’t say enough about the directing prowess of Holly Natwora and the cast’s heartfelt portrayals.

JANUARY 27A, 28, 29, 30
FEBRUARY 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13 @ 8 PM
MATINEES – JAN 24, 31 @ 2 PM   2016
99 North Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89501

Leslie King’s Personaje, Artist Reception at Sierra Arts
Meeting and talking to Leslie was only surpassed by enjoying her stellar abstract and highly stylized work. I will let her own words describe her work in this short video. Her work will be on display till Saturday, January 30th at Sierra Arts, 17 S Virginia St, #120.

Some upcoming productions

Outside Mullingar presented by Restless Artists’ Theatre at Laughing Owl Productions
“THE STORY: Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits straddling 40. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that due to his painful shyness suits him well. Rosemary lives right next door, determined to have him, watching the years slip away. With Anthony’s father threatening to disinherit him and a land feud simmering between their families, Rosemary has every reason to fear romantic catastrophe. But then, in this very Irish story with a surprising depth of poetic passion, these yearning, eccentric souls fight their way towards solid ground and some kind of happiness. Their journey is heartbreaking, funny as hell, and ultimately deeply moving. OUTSIDE MULLINGAR is a compassionate, delightful work proving that it’s never too late to take a chance on love.

“Directed by Doug A Mishler, this is the second offering from Restless Artists’ Theatre, formerly known as Reno Artists’ Theatre. It plays January 29, 30, February 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 & 13 at 730 pm and January 31, February 7 & 14 at 200 pm.  Tickets are $15 plus service fee in advance or $20 at the door.” (Info. from Restless Artists’ Theatre’s website.)

Showing at Laughing Owl Productions, 75 S. Wells Avenue, Reno.

Radium Girls at Reno Little Theater
“In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage– until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Her chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder, an idealistic man who cannot bring himself to believe that the same element that shrinks tumors could have anything to do with the terrifying rash of illnesses among his employees. As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire. Radium Girls is a fast-moving, highly theatrical ensemble piece for 9 to 10 actors who play more than 30 parts— friends, co-workers, lovers, relatives, attorneys, scientists, consumer advocates, and a myriad of interested bystanders. Radium Girls offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science.” (Info. from The Reno Little Theaters Website.)

Opening February 5th this is a much anticipated production that I hear will have quite a spectacular set.
Evening Show dates: 2/5, 2/6, 2/11*, 2/12, 2/13, 2/18*, 2/19, 2/20 @ 7:30p
Matinee Show dates: 2/7, 2/14 (cast talk-back), 2/20, 2/21 @ 2:00p

The Nether at Good Luck Macbeth
“A new virtual wonderland provides total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity and indulge your every whim. But when a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers a dark battle over technology and human desire.” (From the Good luck Macbeth’s website.)

Performances:
Friday February 5   7:30 -9:30pm
Saturday February 6  7:30-9:30pm

Friday February 12   7:30 -9:30pm
Saturday February 13  7:30-9:30pm

Thursday February 18  7:30-9:30pm
Friday February 19   7:30 -9:30pm
Saturday February 20  7:30-9:30pm

Thursday February 25  7:30-9:30pm
Friday February 26   7:30 -9:30pm
Saturday February 27  7:30-9:30pm

Good Luck Macbeth
713 S. Virginia St. Reno

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Dana Nollsch is a lifelong Reno area resident. He is a photographer, artist, journalist, and spiritual leader. His work has been seen in many local publications and many national publications as well, award winning for his photojournalism. Dana has a unique eye that shows in his photography and a unique voice that is evident in his writing. His involvement in the local theater and arts community gives him an informed and honest perspective. Owner and operator of PhotoZen he offers his skills and insight to many industries.