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World Premiere of Stage Production of Kurt Vonnegut's World War II Story

Five of Vonnegut's short stories have been adapted, to create a narrative comedy about his WWII experiences, entitled "Vonnegut USA" which is premiering now through November 20th on stage at the Atwater Village Theatre

 

October 22, 2016

Five of Vonnegut's short stories have been adapted, to create a narrative comedy about his WWII experiences, entitled "Vonnegut USA" which is premiering now through November 20th on stage at the Atwater Village Theatre

During World War Two a young Kurt Vonnegut served in the United States Army. At the Battle of the Bulge he was captured by German soldiers and imprisoned in Dresden where he miraculously survived massive allied bombings.

But despite that truly amazing slice of Kurt Vonnegut's life what brought him to fame was his story telling. Now Scott Rognlien has adapted five of Vonnegut's short stories to create a narrative comedy entitled "Vonnegut USA" which is premiering now through November 20th on stage at the Atwater Village Theatre.

Well known for presenting touching stories about small town Middle America Rognlien's adaptation of Vonnegut captures the essence of Vonnegut in "Vonnegut USA."

There are five distinct stories woven together, each with its own message but all with abundant wit and real world humor. One stand out performance comes from Keith Blaney who nails it as a cigar smoking aficionado of "girlie" magazines. But then the entire cast was simply outstanding.

Five of Vonnegut's short stories have been adapted, to create a narrative comedy about his WWII experiences, entitled "Vonnegut USA" which is premiering now through November 20th on stage at the Atwater Village Theatre

The five stories are "Poor Little Rich Town, Lover's Anonymous, Bomar, Hundred Dollar Kisses" and "Shout About it from the Housetops." All are rich and captivating with abundant humor but I personally found "Lovers Anonymous" to be particularly enjoyable. Way back a very long time ago I and pretty much every other male in our suburban Chicago High School was madly in love or perhaps just lust with one extremely popular girl. Well over a half century later we still talk about Diane and have to some extent formed our own "Lovers Anonymous." Sure the details are different but the concept remains and is very well presented.

"Vonnegut USA" is intriguing, fun and often funny, brilliantly structured and presented. If you don't enjoy this show you may want to check your pulse.

So get yourself over to the Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90039 and immerse yourself in about an hour and a half of pure joy. The show runs now through November 20th 2016 by which time we will know who our next President will be so this could be our last good laugh for a while. Show times are Fridays and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday Matinees at 2:00 p.m. You can make reservations and buy tickets at: http://vonnegutusa.bpt.me/.

 

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