“Come Back, Little Horny”: 100% Bittersweet

Come Back Little Horny

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SWEET
Director Martha Demson’s character-driven production artfully emphasizes the subtext underlying the family’s brittle relationship. Not a line is spoken that doesn’t seep with layers of corrosive back story. Although the pacing occasionally falters — and the piece frankly could use some cutting, particularly during the final third — the writing is smartly full of just the sorts of lines you hope never to hear from your mother. The ensemble work boasts some ferocious acting turns, particularly from Phillips’ scathingly bitter mother and Weeks’ superficially loving, passively hostile daughter.
Paul Birchall – LA Weekly

BITTERSWEET
Laura Richardson’s play premiering at The Lost Theater displays a kind of tough insouciance. Though the excellent cast headed by Paulin and Wendy Philipps and directed with sly astuteness by Martha Demson, give riveting performances and hold the stage despite Horny, the play is somewhat uneven.
Laura Hitchcock – CurtainUp

BITTERSWEET
Too bad Paige’s antics and Richardson’s humor are not enough. Wouldn’t it be interesting if someday some brave writer were audacious enough to attempt a play centering on a functional family—or is there such a thing? Adding an actor onstage to lick faces and scratch at the door gives this work a new twist. But, as much fun as it is to see Paige all but channel the title character, and as clever as Richardson’s razor-sharp wit proves to be, the elephant in the Maloneys’ living room isn’t Horny; it’s that we’ve seen these people and their quirky domestic predicaments explored many times before. And, when a heartwarming resolution sets in, one wonders how short-lived the happy ending will be.
Travis Michael Holder – Backstage

SWEET
I loved Richardson’s previous comedy, Do Do Love, which I described as “skillfully blend(ing) quirky humor with moments of real poignancy.” Blessed with a dream cast, director, and design team, the same can be said for the even richer and more satisfying Come Back, Little Horny.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA

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