A moment from Other Desert Cities at Las Vegas Little Theatre. Left-right: Kim Glover and Mary Foresta. Photo by Susannah Smitherman. Las Vegas Little Theatre’s taut production of Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities gets a Las Vegas Valley Theatre Awards “Valley Recommended” nod
The Las Vegas Valley Theatre Awards adjudicators had no conflict on our clean red carpet this year. Which is now recommending Las Vegas Little Theatre’s production of Other Desert Cities, Jon Robin Baitz’s family drama about the weight of family secrets. The Valley Awards, a new program to identify, promote and honor the best theatre in Las Vegas year-round, gave it “Valley Recommended” status.
“Holidays with fractured families are stressful already,” said Jacob
Coakley, founder of the Valley Awards. “Adding in an overdue reckoning
about an explosive family secret ensures emotional fireworks, which burn
bright in this producton.”
In Other Desert Cities, struggling author Brooke Wyeth
returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate
Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke announces
that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic
event in the family’s history—a wound they don’t want reopened. Ben
Brantley, reviewing the Broadway production, wrote the play was “Built
with gleaming dialogue, tantalizing hints of a dangerous mystery and a
structural care that brings to mind the heyday of Lillian Hellman.” It
plays at Las Vegas Little Theatre from now until May 18, 2014. Tickets
and more info can be found at www.lvlt.org.
Because of its Valley Recommended status, Other Desert Cities will be eligible for the season-ending “Best of” Theatre Awards this summer.