I make a point of not reading the program of shows before a performance. This is a philosophical choice, because of a desire to have a play or performance stand on its own. After all, if audiences need to do homework to "get" a performance, how good can such be in the end?
For Martha, the one woman show about Martha Graham, I went one step further. For better and for worse, I did no research about the iconic dancer/choreographer. True, her name remains famous. Her life in the most vague and general terms remained known to me. But more, I wanted to see what this play would reveal.
And yeah, sometimes I'm just a little bit lazy.
So how did it turn out?
Not linear. Not organized. Not straightforward or full of justifications. And never, ever, not once boring. Rather we feel as if a fascinating woman walked into our lives and shared some searingly honest moments and memories.
Which seems, after all, the point.
Martha plays Sundays at 7pm through April 16, 2017 at the Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks CA 91423.