Unfortunately, despite the efforts of Brud, Gatto and Marmo, Baby Doll, Archie Lee and Silva remain highly unsympathetic two-dimensional characters, a trio that I can’t imagine anyone wanting to spend even a minute with, let alone one hundred. Only Colton manages to give real, human dimensions to dithering Aunt Rose.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA
What remains is Williams’ story, which still makes for entertaining drama, and Joel Daavid’s new production at the Lillian Theatre certainly bears that out.
Kurt Gardner – Blog Critics
The sultry narrative is relatively tame by today’s standards, yet the timeless human drama about lust, revenge, sexual politics, and prejudice is eloquently served in Daavid’s evocative conception.
Les Spindle – Backstage
Daavid has designed more shows than he has directed, and he is responsible for the grotesquerie of this ramshackle set as well as its lighting; these alone would be impressive, but he has also directed the sway and nuance of a baker’s dozen committed, talented actors. I would like to see what he could do with a more major piece, with themes more sophisticated than this little revenge story; but that is not to say I’m unhappy to have seen this.
Jason Rohrer – Stagehappenings
Even as parts of the text seem emotionally muddled, the acting approaches varied, and the accents seemingly from different areas of the South, there is a single-mindedness of purpose that weaves even the more disparate bits into an evening of powerful cohesion.
Samuel Bernstein – WeHo News
Joel Daavid’s direction deftly balances the play’s humorous and dour underpinnings (the use of the ensemble as a type of Greek chorus is especially effective), and he draws excellent performances from the cast. Gatto is a platter of rage, redneck buffoonery and arrogance, while Brud’s ever-beckoning sensuality is as polished as Marmo’s understated menace.
Lovell Estell III – LA Weekly
Despite the lackluster quality of the script, the Elephant Theatre Company fails to lift Baby Doll above the morass. Unevenness characterizes the production and is its chief fault.
Barnaby Hughes – Stage and Cinema
While I applaud the experiment I was disappointed in the outcome.
Robert Machray – Blog Critics
All in all Joel Daavid’s production of Baby Doll is a fine piece of theatre wrapped up in a set I’d love to inhabit myself.
Lucy Griffin – ArtsBeatLA
There’s a whole lot of acting going on in The Elephant Theatre production of Baby Doll. With accents so thick you can cut them with a knife, the ensemble at The Lillian takes its work very seriously.
Michael Sheehan – On Stage Los Angeles
This is a very entertaining one act and a fitting homage to one of our greatest playwrights.
Patricia Foster Rye – PatRyeReviews
That an adaptation of a Tennessee Williams screenplay even has a movement choreographer is an indication of the painstaking efforts that Daavid has made to theatricalize this script.
Don Shirley – LA Stage Watch
While the performances are uniformly good and the production utterly professional, the play failed to hold my interest, and I can’t really say why.
Joel Elkins – LA Theatre Review
It’s worthwhile making the trip to Elephant-land to see this.
Dale Reynolds – Stagehappenings
Though the story’s a little thin (it comes off more as an extended, intermissionless vignette), it offers a compelling story of expectations and obligations, of claiming one’s due, as it thrashes about with unforgivable misogyny and racism, skeevy voyeurism, and the tit-for-tat one-upmanship of a hillbilly feud. The performances are solid and the direction nails the story’s coiling foreplay (titillation, frustration, and impotence) and its rousing climax (honor and revenge).
James Scarborough – What the Butler Saw
Daavid’s Baby Doll puts a slightly different spin on Williams’ portrait of a decadent, crime-ridden Southern town by adding colorful strokes that never diminish the original intent. This is a production, definitely worth your time.
Don Grigware – BroadwayWorld
Double A Productions and the Elephant Theatre Company
The Lillian Theatre
1076 N. Lillian Way, Hollywood
EXTENDED THROUGH JAN. 22, 2012
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00. Sundays at 7:00
Tickets: (323) 960-4420
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