AS IS (NEW AMERICAN THEATRE): 91% – SWEET

Mark Shunock and Charles Pasternak in "As Is" presented by the New American Theatre at the McCadden Place Theatre. Credit: Daniel G. Lam.

SWEET
The six-member ensemble—Abramsohn, Mark Cecil, Francesca Ferrara, Montgomery, Stafford, and Vanessa Waters—demonstrates versatility, each actor playing multiple roles with style and skill.
Neal Weaver – Backstage

SWEET
The New American Theatre revival profits from the snap of John Farmanesh-Bocca’s directorial choices and by the fact that its two central characters – a former gay couple who forge a new kind of relationship when one of them discovers he has AIDS – are played by Mark Shunock and Charles Pasternak, who grow richer and deeper as the play progresses until they wring every possible emotion out of the play’s penultimate scene.
Harvey Perr – Stage and Cinema

SWEET
Dramatic, poetic, surreal, and profoundly moving, yet with a sassy sense of humor that would do any gay man proud, As Is has been brought back to life by The New American Theatre in a production whose direction by John Farmanesh-Bocca truly merits the word “inspired,” and whose ensemble cast deliver performances so powerful they can truly be described as inspirational.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA

SWEET
In a potent revival from the New American Theatre, it remains a chilling snapshot of the dread, uncertainty and despair at a time when diagnosis meant a death sentence and people wondered if it was safe even to share a telephone.
Philip Brandes – LA Times

BITTERSWEET
Overall, however, the performers’ rendering of the passion, the pain and the panic surrounding HIV comes off as too simulated to be compelling.
Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

SWEET
Marking the 30th year of the AIDS pandemic, this new production at the New American Theatre in Hollywood is a thoughtful and nicely crafted version that effectively uses a small theatre space to create an intimate evening that brings the themes home.
Kevin P. Taft – Frontiers

AS IS
Presented by the New American Theatre
At the McCadden Place Theatre
1157 N. McCadden Pl., Hollywood
Nov. 5-Dec. 18, 2011; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.
Tickets: $34-$50; (310) 701-0788
Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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