Theater Review: WIESENTHAL (The Wallis)

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by Tony Frankel on October 6, 2020

in Theater-Los Angeles,Virtual


Writer/performer Tom Dugan’s solo show Wiesenthal capitalizes on the strengths of the famous Nazi hunter – his resilience, tenacity and humor. Dugan has crafted a show in which the retiring Simon Wiesenthal — who claimed he flushed out nearly 1,100 war criminals — addresses us as he packs up memorabilia and memoranda in his Vienna office, items that will be shipped to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. When the Holocaust survivor, often called the “Jewish James Bond,” is on the phone trying to track down a war criminal in India, the combination of Dugan’s transcendent performance and the compelling material creates pure theatrical magic that transports us into the soul of the Nazi atrocities and one man’s quest to right humanity’s wrongs. Dugan manages to evoke our pathos, ensuring that we come away with a sense of Wiesenthal’s ultimate true mission, which may have been less about capturing criminals and more about memorializing and honoring the eleven million noncombatants murdered by the Nazis.

From October 20 through 27, 2020, The Wallis will present a digital engagement of Wiesenthal. This is the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway production directed for the stage by Jenny Sullivan, recorded live during the show’s New York run at the Acorn Theatre. (The Wallis previously presented the live production of Wiesenthal in 2015.)

The Wiesenthal creative team comprises scenic designer Beowulf Boritt, costume designer Alex Jaeger, lighting designer Joel E. Silver and sound designer Shane Rettig.

Tickets are currently on sale for $50 per household and can purchased at The Wallis. Ticketholders can stream for a 24-hour period beginning at 10 am on date selected.

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