Thanks to Ms. Mulkey and this wonderful cast, ‘A Memory Of Two Mondays’ is a play you will definitely remember long after you leave the theater.
Joan and John Schwartz – LA Examiner
The Ruskin is right next to the Santa Monica Airport and they have a busy calendar of varied and fresh material. There’s so much quality small theatre in L.A. and it’s especially nice to have this sort of over-the-top quality over here on the west side; the Ruskin Group should be lauded and supported and thanked profusely for their efforts. (Thank you, as well, for not making me drive an hour east to SMB every time I want to see something.)
Ceebs Bailey – LASplash
An abrupt midstream shift into memory play territory, one which has Bert suddenly breaking the fourth wall, is about the only awkwardness in an otherwise impeccably written and constructed script, and at the Ruskin there is truly not a weak link in the cast of fourteen, making it one of the finest dramatic ensembles you’re likely to see all year, Field, Giles, recent USC grad McIlvaine, and Wanlass making particularly strong impressions.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA
There is nothing dull, however, about the excellent presentation put up by the Ruskin folks. It’s an excellent piece of theatre done with care, with professionalism and with loving respect to the playwright and the characters he created.
Jose Ruiz – Reviewplays
To be sure, “Memory” has its dark moments, but there is also much humor and some downright slapstick comedy in this long one-act play about two Mondays set six months apart in an auto parts warehouse in Brooklyn during the 1930s Depression.
Lynne Bronstein – Santa Monica Mirror
Every once in awhile, you come across something spectacularly unexpected and wonderful. And that folks is the Ruskin Group Theatre’s presentation of Arthur Miller’s A Memory of Two Mondays under the directorial helm of Amelia Mulkey and Artistic Director John Ruskin.
Jennifer Fordyce – Socal.com
At a scant 75 minutes filled with much hustle and bustle, the slice-of-life drama is a nostalgia play, and like After The Fall, may have been too close to Miller’s own experience to transcend biography into credible drama. That said, director Amelia Mulkey and her ample cast give it their all, creating some dynamic moments on stage.
Mayank Keshaviah – LA Weekly
At the climax of Arthur Miller’s autobiographical portrait of the artist as a young man, authorial stand-in Bert muses on the ironies of the daily grind during the Depression. “I don’t get it,” says the college-bound youth. “How is it me that gets out? …Oh, there ought to be a statue in the park, To All the Ones That Stay.” It’s the heart-piercing peak of an unbroken series of mesmerizing moments that compose the superb revival at Ruskin Group Theatre.
David C. Nichols – Backstage
No doubt, director Amelia Mulkey has an astounding eye for casting, but the way she staged her ensemble only helped them to relate to each other better. I can’t rave enough, and every second that you read this review may be that time you needed to get seats to the final performances.
Tony Frankel – Stage and Cinema
A Memory of Two Mondays resonates with this Angeleno.
Andrew Moore – Stagehappenings
A MEMORY OF TWO MONDAYS
Ruskin Group Theatre
3000 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica
EXTENDED THROUGH AUGUST 28, 2011; Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00, Sundays at 2:00. No performance on Sunday, July 3
Tickets: 310 397-3244
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