‘Caught’ at Think Tank Gallery – A Truly Amazing Immersive Theatre Experience


I don’t want to say too much about this incredible, original theatrical piece or I’ll spoil the fun — and great fun it is. It’s also like no other theatre experience I’ve ever had.

The award-winning Firefly Theater & Films, in association with Think Tank Gallery and Vs. Theatre, is presenting the Los Angeles Premiere of this 2016 Obie winner for playwriting. The playwright Christopher Chen is a prolific writer and the recipient of numerious awards.

In an original opening act, you walk into a gallery hosting District 798, a show of new work inspired by a legendary Chinese dissident artist who was imprisoned in China for a single, epic work of art. Recently profiled in The New Yorker, the artist is present, and he begins his presentation by sharing the details of an ordeal that is not only heartbreaking but will stir your sense of justice and indignation.

Soon his lecture is interrupted, then that interruption is broken, and you find yourself in a labyrinthine exploration of truth, art, social justice and cultural appropriation where nothing is as it first appears. Each moment will surprise you and every moment after that continue to surprise you, right up to the end.

Brilliantly directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskander, this play has an extremely talented cast which includes Louis Ozawa Changchien, Jackie Chung, Jessica Kaye, Steven Klein, Eston J. Fung, Christine Lin, Ed Sylvanus Iskander, Stephanie Barnes and Peter Wylie. This is definitely a “must see” experience for anyone who loves theatre, and it’s also one that will blow your mind in the best possible way.

“Caught” runs hrough Sunday, December 10th at the Think Tank located at 939 Maple Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7:30pm. Ticket prices are $45 for general admission, $50 including one drink and hors d’oeuvres, $65 with 3 drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and $80 for VIP access and includes 3 drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Buy tickets here.

Joan Alperin

About Joan Alperin

Joan was born in Brooklyn and spent many years working as an actress in New York City. Even though she traveled extensively, Joan couldn't imagine living anywhere else.. Well one day, she met someone at a party who regaled her with stories about living in L. A. specifically Topanga Canyon. A few weeks later she found herself on an airplane bound for Los Angeles. Joan immediately fell in love with the town and has been living here for the last twenty years and yes, she even made it to Topanga Canyon, where she now resides, surrounded by nature, deer, owls and all kinds of extraordinary alien creatures.. Joan continued acting, but for the last several years (besides reviewing plays and film) she has been writing screenplays. Joan was married to a filmmaker who created the cult classic films, (way before she knew him) Faces of Death. As a result of his huge following, they created a funny movie review show entitled Two Jews on Film, where Joan and her husband, John would review movies and rate them with bagels You can see their reviews by going to youtube.com/twojewsonfilm. Although it's now only one Jew - Joan is occasionally joined by her beautiful Pekingnese and Japanese Chin.
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