City Garage, Los Angeles' leading avant-garde theatre company, will present the U.S. premieres of works by two leading European playwrights, the Swiss-born Urs Widmer and the Austrian Werner Schwab. Widmer's Top Dogs (translated by Patricia Benecke) opens Sept. 8 and will play Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM through Oct. 14. Schwab's The President opens Sept. 13 and will be performed every Wed. and Sat. through Oct. 18. The translators are the much-sought-after, Vienna-based team of Ivo Schneider and Sarah Morrisette.
City Garage, which has been enjoying a summer-long run with its current hit, Medea Text: Los Angeles/Despoiled Shore, has extended the Heiner Muller play for a third time. Presently on hiatus, it reopens Sept. 10 and from that date onward will play Sundays only at 5.30 PM until Oct. 15. Sunday admission is pay what you can. No reservations are taken. The box office opens at 4 PM on Sundays and tickets are first-come, first-served.
Widmer's Top Dogs is a surrealistic study of eight top executives who, having just lost their jobs, are put through an agonizing series of games, therapy exercises, athletic competitions and brutal self-examination. The very people who seemed invulnerable a short time ago--the Top Dogs- -are suddenly out on the streets, discarded, used-up and thrown aside as casually as they themselves used to downsize the workforce in their employ.
Schwab's The Presidents deals with three eccentric working-class women who play out an escalating comic- opera of warring dreams and competing fantasies while watching on television the Pope's Easter Mass. The comic-opera dissolves into an absurdist rage of murder and mayhem. All this and singing and dancing, too!
City Garage is located at 1340 1/2 4th St. in Santa Monica. For tickets and information call (310) 319-9939. -- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent