Sunday, October 4, 2015


Liz Duffy Adams
Dragon Productions Theatre Company
Kathryn Han
The plague has ravaged, a fire has leveled, and seemingly endless wars have demoralized a late 1660s London that is also still trying to recover from eleven years of so-called moral cleansing by anti-monarchist Oliver Cromwell.  Like a Phoenix rising from the flames and ashes, the once-banned theatres begin to rebuild, bolstered in the efforts by three women (producer, playwright, and actress) and a king who clearly likes his wine, women, and live stage performances.  Dragon Theatre presents an historically accurate (with sufficient artistic liberties, of course) accounting of the intertwined lives and loves of theatre owner Lady Davenant, spy-turned-playwright Aphra Behn, much-sought consort and comic actress Nell Gwyn, and “Merry Monarch” King Charles II in Liz Duffy Adams’ captivating and insightful Or,.

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Rating: 4 E's 

Or, continues through October 25, 2015 at Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway Street, Redwood City.  Tickets are available at or by calling 650-493-2006.

After seeing Or, theatre-goers in the Bay Area have the great opportunity to also see Aphra Behn’s The Rover, opening at Shotgun Players, 1901 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley on October 15.  Tickets are available at or at 510-841-6500.

Photo by James Kasyan