Fiction Comes to Life in Telemachus, Darling from Brelby Theatre in Glendale

The setup: For Curtains' first visit to Brelby Theatre Company since they finally moved into their leased and rehabbed space in historic Glendale, the troupe presents a show in the Brelby Studio Series, in which unfamiliar plays receive modest productions. Telemachus, Darling is a one-act that, despite featuring a lot of narration and very little dialogue, constitutes an affecting, spontaneous live stage experience.

Brelby posted an interview with Columbia grad and New York off-off-Broadway/Fringe-type playwright Patrick Barrett in which Barrett describes his background and influences and relates how some of the ideas for Telemachus' tone and structure came to him. It's fair to say there's a whiff of postmodernism in the script, which plays more like a dryly elegant short story (or two parallel stories) than the narration of action but is layered and interspersed with tense, wordless domestic scenes, exhilarating high-romantic fantasy, and pencil sketches that beg for the intervention of a children's art therapist.

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Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
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