ON HOLY GROUND: 67% – BITTERSWEET

Lisa Richards and Abbe Rowlins in "On Holy Ground" at the MET Theatre. Credit: Irene Hovey.

SWEET
“On Holy Ground” is hardly the last word on a combustible topic, nor should it be, but its integrity and thought-provoking intent is wholly respectable.
David C. Nichols – LA Times

SWEET
Though Liss’ script needs a good trimming, especially in Act 1, she fleshes out a complicated political situation. Meanwhile, director L. Flint Esquerra’s cast takes what could be a dry textbook and gives it a throbbing heart.
Rebecca Haithcoat – LA Weekly

BITTER
Surely there is more drama to explore in this tragedy than Liss describes. Director L. Flint Esquerra does little to bolster the weak script. The actors seem to have been given meager guidance in developing their characters, from the deeper motivations to something as basic as the characters’ accents, which wander treacherously. There is simply a lack of believability in this production, which robs it of dramatic impact.
Hoyt Hilsman – Backstage

BITTERSWEET
Everyone in this production is a trained and experienced artist, and that quality shines through in spite of the imperfections. Many of the problems may be ironed out as the play continues its run.
Eve Meadows – Stagehappenings

SWEET
It’s raw; it’s painful; it rings horribly true, and the actors – Richards and Rowlings – are achingly up to their heart-rending roles.
Madeleine Shaner – Park La Brew News/Beverly Press (opens in pdf)

BITTER
Stephanie Liss’ On Holy Ground, at the Met, doesn’t have much of a narrative core.
Don Shirley – LA Stage Watch

SWEET
But the piece soars on the splendid performance of Salome Jens, who imbues Szold with beguiling emotional resonance, infectious optimism and the muted yet palpable sadness of loss.
Lovell Estell III – LA Weekly

ON HOLY GROUND
The MET Theatre
Downstairs in the Great Scott Theatre,
1089 N. Oxford Ave., Hollywood
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays (dark this Friday); Ends Dec. 18, 2011
Tickets: $15; (800) 838-3006
Running time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

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Colin Mitchell About the Author: COLIN MITCHELL: Actor/Writer/Director/Producer/Father, award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Broadway veteran, Marvel comics scribe, Van Morrison disciple, Zen-Catholic, a proud U.S. Army Brat conceived in Scotland and born in Frankfurt, Germany, currently living in Los Angeles and doing his best to piss off as many people as possible.

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