THE GOD OF ISAAC: 71% – BITTERSWEET

Karen Kalensky and Adam Korson in "The God of Isaac" at the Pico Playhouse. Credit: Michael Lamont.

BITTERSWEET
That said, under the sharp direction of Darin Anthony, the cast gives a uniformly professional, entertaining performance, bringing to life a play that does not have a single original idea, thought, or word. What Sherman has written instead is a play filled with recycled Jewish stereotypes spewing jokes that have been around for years.
Beverly Cohn – LASplash

SWEET
Chicago playwright James Sherman’s play, The God of Isaac, is a wonderfully produced comedy playing at the Pico Playhouse in West Los Angeles, directed by Darin Anthony. With an unusual twist, the audience sometimes feels as if they are watching something other than a staged production. And, I might add, that though it is very funny, there are some serious issues brought forth in the plot.
Carol Kaufman Segal – Reviewplays

SWEET
Darin Anthony directs with apparent respect for the material and a strong sense of theatricality. His actors find the realism in the face of the script’s types and one-liners, while his staging highlights the self-proclaimed “memory play” elements. And only Anthony can line up his actors in violation of Directing 101 laws against it, turning the normally ungainly blocking into graceful visions.
Dany Margolies – Backstage

BITTERSWEET
Sherman, alas, is akin to a theatrical Moses in that he takes us to the Promised Land in Act I, but milk and honey do not flow in the second act. The Nazis vanish into thin air with a few lines of dialogue, robbing the play of what could have been its most dramatic presence. Although the coast ultimately clears for Chaya and Isaac to reunite, for some odd reason, they don’t. Though deftly directed by Darin Anthony, “The God of Isaac” comes off like a series of sketches, instead of as a cohesive play.
Ed Rampell – The Jewish Daily Forward

SWEET
This comedic play has laughs, shtick, stereotypical clichés, and a depth that underlies it all. I could have done without the vaudevillian type shorts which served as a Greek Chorus with a Mel Brooksian twist. I found they made for an uneven story. But, hey, you may like those scenes.
Audrey Linden – LA Examiner

SWEET
“God of Isaac” is a crowd pleaser for any generation.
Madeleine Shaner – Park La Brea News/Beverly Press (opens in pdf)

BITTER
The God of Isaac is an irritatingly unconvincing play, despite the earnest charm of its leading man, Adam Korson.
Cynthia Citron – LA Examiner

BITTER
Funny, yes, at times it is, but this journey lacks substance or honesty, given the heady subject matter.
Lovell Estell III – LA Weekly

SWEET
Under Darin Anthony’s direction, the production’s cylinders were firing full-blast on the closing weekend.
Don Shirley – LA Stage Watch

THE GOD OF ISAAC
Presented by West Coast Jewish Theatre
Pico Playhouse
10508 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 3 PM, through November 24, 2011
Tickets: (323) 860-6620

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