Winner! Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle award for Best Writing
Harry Thaw Hates Everybody
is a genre-bending, high-speed, turn-of-the-century romp in four acts – each in a different theatrical style: vaudeville, living newspaper, courtroom farce and post-modern collage. Set against a backdrop of gilded-age opulence and accompanied by authentic period songs, the play takes as its starting point the real-life 1906 murder of New York's architectural eminence Stanford White at the hands of deranged coal baron Harry Thaw, his rival for the affections of Broadway super-soubrette Evelyn Nesbit.
Using an eclectic mix of American pomp splashed with turn-of-the-century burlesque theatrics, Harry Thaw
serves up a comedic tour de force for four great performers and a darkly whimsical look at the clash between hedonism and poverty, the emotional toll of romantic excess, and murderous revenge a la high society.
"One of the 10 best plays of the year. Writer-director Laural Meade's inspired explosion of history, the underside of Ragtime
." – The Los Angeles Times
"A provocative new work… A must-see, with its savage mirth and social rage…The decision to slice the play into four distinct styles elevates it structurally into a work of epistemology – a saga calling in to question not only the motives for the killing, but the shifting frame of truth itself…" – LA Weekly
"How to describe this racy, rip-roarin’ new review? Unique, hilarious, heady warped fun? Captivatingly crazy? Unconventional? There’s something about Harry that goes beyond mere adjectives... fun galore!" – Back Stage West
"Good as Gild! …Harry Thaw shows you how to party like it’s just after 1899!" – Los Angeles Downtown News