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Annie leaves her husband behind in New York City and returns to her small town childhood home to escape marital discord and visit her father who is dying of cancer. As she reconnects with her family and old friends, secrets are revealed, wine is drunk, songs are sung, relationships rekindle and ultimately, family prevails.
Jessica Goldberg’s BETTER is a wonderfully funny, beautifully poignant and wildly affirming examination of loss and love in our complex, perplexing time.
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The Echo is one of LA Weekly's Best Bets!
Best Bet for Ballsy Original Plays:
If you're looking for a sure-fire retread of a recent New York-anointed stage hit or a comforting reboot of a canonical classic, do not drive out to Atwater Village and lay your money down at Echo Theater Company. Producing artistic director Chris Fields and managing artistic director Drew Dalzell didn't become the city's premier producers of dark and daring new work from emerging playwrights by playing short-odds favorites. Rather, they've perfected unerring early-warning artistic radar for identifying tomorrow's Theresa Rebeck or Stephen Adly Guirgis or Suzan-Lori Parks or Will Eno before they get too agented up and unaffordable for 99-seat economies. Echo's acumen for matching state-of-the-art writing with top-of-their-game actors has already resulted in acclaimed and ballsy world premiers by Matthew Benjamin & Logan Brown, Padraic Duffy, Gary Lennon, Mickey Birnbaum and Tommy Smith. This season they're readying another new play from Smith (writer of this year's acclaimed pedophilic-romance play Firemen as well as Houston-based comer Miki Johnson, and are promising more. -Bill Raden
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Free Tickets For Every Show
The Echo announces "Four Free Tickets". For absolutely every show, we will give away four free tickets. Every show whether we're selling out or not. We ardently want our productions to be available to all play loving theater audiences regardless of economics. Just come to the theater. Sign in. There will be a drawing ten minutes before curtain.
New plays for all!