"No Exit," Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre, Long Beach, CA

August 10, 2014 5:52 PM

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"No Exit," Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre, Long Beach, CA

It takes place in a small room. No windows, no mirrors, no way out. Uptown Estelle (Genevieve Simon) is attracted to Garcin (Anthony B. Cohen). Inez (Natalie Beisner) is attracted to Estelle. Garcin has other things on his mind so he rebuffs Estelle. The manipulative Inez tries to step into the breach of Estelle's affections. Epic failure. Garcin warms up to Estelle and she warms up right back. This makes Inez furious. It goes on and on. And on and on.

Sound like hell? It is. John Paul Sartre's "No Exit," directed by Andrew Vonderschmitt for the Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre, imagines hell as a room in which three people torment each other through eternity. Sartre's hell is not brimstone and lava, degradation and torture. It's people being p...

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