Anxiety and Identity at the Hayworth Theater
Sam Shepard is a writer whose work is known for its existential crises and issues with identity. Mr. Shepard is also known as being someone who connects closely with the world of musicians and rock and roll. Both the anxiety about identity and the attraction to and respect of music are both demonstrated in his “Suicide in B flat”, which Range View Productions is putting on at the Hayworth Theater on Wilshire Blvd.
The play opens with two very verbose detectives, investigating the “murder” of a musician named Niles. It appears as though Niles’ face has been blown off. But neither of them seems 100% sure that it was a murder. In fact, they theorize that maybe Niles has staged his own death and run away somewhere, in an effort to try and escape the demons of his inner life- demons that the detectives believe are a necessary side effect of the creativity needed to write Niles’ kind of music.