by Martin Foreman
"I couldn't take the children and I couldn't leave them.
There was no new life for me. I couldn't be free. I could only be me."
The stories of very different Californians in three one (wo)-man plays. In Los Feliz a young salesman in a diner tells how he met the woman of his dreams. In Ben and Joe's an older gay man relates how lives were disturbed by the arrival of a young stranger in a quiet bar. In Sunset a housewife remembers her first date, the man she married and their time together.
Set in the 1990s, Californian Lives was highly praised when it premiered at the King's Head Theatre in London in 2013. Broadway World described the plays as
"utterly convincing portraits of love";
Views from the Gods considered them "intense, emotionally-charged";
while The Public Reviews drew attention to the "fine descriptive writing".
(There are more reviews on Arbery Productions.)
Includes the text of the plays and an introduction and afterword which give the background to the origins of the stories.
soft cover, 58pp (app 105 mins on stage)
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