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Jan 5, 2013 – Feb 9, 2013

Fridays–Saturdays (8pm)

Sundays (2pm)


Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

2055 S Sepulveda Blvd



$25 - 30

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Beyond Dark is a sensory jump-start through visual deprivation; a form of theatrical enlightenment, only it's in the dark. Given the nature of the performance, there's no need for costumes or lights. But the short tales are cleverly geared toward the other senses, and the subconscious. Performers weave their stories with skill, yielding emotional experiences and personal forms of self-realization, all of which are enhanced by the utter darkness. Audiences are immersed in this world for 90 minutes, which is enough time to question a great deal of things people take for granted in the visual world. (They also become fearless participants when fed luscious foods.) It's too dark to even attempt walking out unassisted, but don't worry: the audience is monitored by infrared cameras, and if the night-vision-equipped usher sees you waving your program over your head, he'll know not to keep you in the dark.

Kenneth Hughes, Flavorpill