Virgina Morris and Joe Corgan in "Au Pair Man" at The Raven Playhouse. Photo courtesy of Celtic Arts Center.

It’s also a shame he didn’t get to attend the Celtic Arts Center production. Led by Virginia Morris, who beautifully conveys her character’s sharp wit, brash sexuality, and melancholic air, and Joe Corgan’s Eugene, consumed by sexual torment, fired by ambition, and unsure of his place in the world, CAC’s “Au Pair Man” splendidly captures the brilliance of Leonard’s language, and both the subtle and broad shifts in tone and plot. Director Joe Praml understands that humor – much of it expressed by Elizabeth, who dispenses truly funny asides at a rapid rate – is critical to the play’s appeal.
Thomas Waldman – NoHoArtsDistrict

Praml’s direction is intelligent and even. It is unswayed by the emotions and spirits of the piece, yet therefore brilliantly brings them out.
Radomir Luza – North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch

Leonard’s literary skill shines through in The Celtic Arts Center’s new production of “The Au Pair Man” at The Raven Theatre, despite the weak acting of the leading lady. It is to be hoped that a little more practice and better direction from Joe Praml can remedy this situation.
Barnaby Hughes –

Leonard’s text is incisive at times but feels dated and fusty. Director Joe Praml does well with the slightly complicated set elements and staging while his cast give such authentic performances, it truly seems as if we have traveled back in time. But the pace feels slow and, at two-and-a-half hours, the play is overlong.
Pauline Adamek – LA Weekly

The Au Pair Man features sharp performances by Virginia Morris and Joe Corgan, perceptive direction by Joe Praml, and rich period set design by Richard Scully.
Mialka Bonadonna-Morano – LAist

The Raven Playhouse
5233 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood
Friday and Saturday at 8, and Sunday at 7, through June 12th, 2011
Tickets: $20 for general admission; $15 for students and seniors; 818-760-8322

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  1. Eugene says:

    “Leonard’s text feels dated…” as in it’s not Cirque du Soleil? Note to editor: don’t send this reviewer to see Long Day’s Journey into Night!

  2. Yeah, but what do you do when the editor and the critic are the same person?