Proof- What Do We Inherit? A Theatre Review - Draws You In

 

 

Proof - An Award-Winning Play At The Moth Theatre

Can women really excel in the male dominated mathematics world?  David Auburn, playwright of Proof, now showing at the Moth Theatre believes so.  Directed by John Markland, and produced by Brenda Davidson, the play stars Amanda Brooks, John Cirigliano, Chris Marquette, and Felicity Price.  

 

Proof - John Cirigliano and Amanda Brooks

A depressed  Catherine (Amanda Brooks), on the eve of her 25th birthday, worried about her future, now that her famous mathematician father (John Cirigliano)  is dead, awaits the arrival of Claire (Felicity Price) her estranged sister.  Has she inherited his madness or his genius or both? 

 

Proof - Christopher Marquette and Amanda Brooks

Her own volatile emotions surface as she deals with Hal (Christopher Marquette), her father's former student, as he investigates the 103 notebooks left behind.  Her confusion compounds as a romance develops. 

 

Proof - Christopher Marquette and Felicity Price

When a mysterious notebook that appears to have a mathematical proof solved appears Catherine claims authorship, but neither Hal nor her sister are willing to admit that this young woman could have written a work that confounded many in the math world.

Not only is the play powerful, but the acting, especially that of Amanda Brooks, is intense, drawing you into her characters dilemma.

 

Proof - Christopher Marquette and Amanda Brooks

Proof has won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize as well as the Tony, Lucille Lortel, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award for Best Play. 

Amazing production design is by Justin Huen, Daniel Coronel managed the stage, and publicity by Ken Werther.

The show, which is two full hours plus a short intermission, runs until February 15, 2015, with performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.  Admission is $25 and may be purchased on line or by calling 323 609 3676.

 

Proof - John Cirigliano

In its newly remodeled space, The Moth Theatre is located at 4359 Melrose, LA 90029, but to reach the entrance, you need to walk through the alley off of Heliotrope.  Limited parking is available but so is street parking. 

Inside, the theatre is small and there are steep steps, but handicap seating can be arranged.

Once again, a good story and good acting proves that L A theatre is alive and well.

 

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