Kwesiu Jones and Sola Bamis in "The Bluest Eye" at Miles Memorial Playhouse. Photo courtesy of Steve Cisneros.

Danika Butler rounds out the cast in director Janet Miller’s solid staging. Miller struggles to compensate for a few weak links among her mostly excellent performers and largely succeeds, although her decision to have projected super-titles at cursory intervals seems anachronistically high-tech, considering the era.
F. Kathleen Foley – LA Times

The result is a talky drama in which the most horrific — yet most dramatic — elements are pushed into the shadows. (One reason may be that the play initially was created for young audiences.) Perhaps a more consummate ensemble would have transcended these shortcomings, but as directed by Janet Miller, they appear obvious.
Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Lydia R. Diamond’s powerful adaptation, written 25 years later, is a beautiful homage to the language and characters. But it is not without its dramatic challenges: It leans heavily on direct narration, which threatens to turn the events and the heartbreaking aftermath into too literary an experience. This production, however, strikes a fine balance.
Jennie Webb – Backstage

So I was more than a little excited to attend opening night of The Bluest Eye in Santa Monica at the Miles Memorial Playhouse. If you already know this text, you will be so gratified and thankful to see this production. If you’re not yet familiar with it, you will devour it and come back for seconds.
Ceebs Bailey – LASplash

Fans of Toni Morrison and this novel will thoroughly enjoy Diamond’s faithful adaptation. For those who’ve yet to read “The Bluest Eye,” see this play. It’s equally as powerful as the book.
M.R. Hunter – EyeSpyLA

Miles Memorial Playhouse
1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica
8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays. Ends April 24
Tickets: $22. (714) 690-2900
1 hour, 20 minutes

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