Daniel Gerroll in "Dissonance" at the Falcon Theatre. Credit: Chelsea Sutton.

Once the emphasis shifts to emotional interactions, things get marginally more interesting. But under Crispin Whittell’s rote direction, the actors fail to adequately humanize their curiously flat characters.
F. Kathleen Foley – LA Times

Still, the juxtaposition of artistic temperament and devotion to art is neatly captured in “Dissonance.”
Melinda Schupmann – Backstage

Though not as spellbinding as its predecessor, Dissonance nonetheless generates enough sparks under Crispin Whittell’s astute direction to keep its audiences entertained, as past relationships (and one brand-new one) compete with more music-related conflicts on Francois-Pierre Couture’s gorgeous, abstract set.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA

Crispin Whittell’s staging is in harmony with Lanigan’s script at all times. Gerroll repeats the role he played in the Williamstown premiere and later in New York with total command, but the others rise to his standard. I can’t remember a better non-Troubie production in the history of the Falcon.
Don Shirley – LA Stage Watch

This is a quality production, which can only benefit from further performance, so I would encourage all of you to see it. And the Haydn, Mozart, and Borodin are sublime.
Dale Reynolds – Stagehappenings

The entire cast is outstanding.
Carol Kaufman Segal – Stagehappenings

Theatergoers don’t need much familiarity with the works of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and other European masters from the 18th and 19th centuries to enjoy “Dissonance,” which is set in and around New York at the present time. The frequent discussions involving the classical music repertoire are neither esoteric nor pedantic, and should be highly entertaining to general audiences.
Thomas Waldman – NoHoArtsDistrict

We can forgive, though. The writing is biting and witty and the music, which all four actors bow-sync brilliantly, is sublime. Fluid direction by Crispin Whittell and clever set pieces by Francois-Pierre Couture constructed of slatted wood to suggest musical staves, make for a handsome production.
Trevor Thomas – EdgeLosAngeles

The script needs a lot of work before its characters will become flesh-and-blood artists living in and for their music, but in the meantime Crispin Whittell’s stylish production makes for a not unsatisfying evening.
Bob Verini – Variety

So herein lies the drama and there is a lot to chew over.
Robert Machray – Stagehappenings

When you have classical music, then add rock ‘n’ roll into the mix, combined with rich, eloquent dialogue, you have a potential powerhouse. Such is the case in Dissonance now at the Falcon Theatre.
Bonnie Priever – Tolucan Times

The potential is there. But for all that to happen, what we see and hear on the stage must become more credible and real. There must be more passion, and we need to know the characters even better. I believe that the end result is in the hands of the director and playwright.
Carol Jean Delmar – Opera Theater Ink

While providing a rare and interesting glimpse at the behind-the-scenes squabbles and power struggles of a quartet of classical musicians, Damian Lanigan’s drama, regrettably, relies too heavily on cliché, in both character and story.
Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

Falcon Theatre
4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank
8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays; Ends March 4, 2012
Tickets: $34.50-$42; (818) 955-8101
Running time: 2 hours

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  1. MR Hunter says:

    Wow! Really folks? Too bad this play doesn’t even remotely live up to all these rave reviews. I suspect the critics fell asleep from a lack of anything remotely interesting like a strong story, good performances, or clear direction and thereby covered their faux pas by giving it a huge PASS. The play more than lives up to its title but it’s too bad nobody will give it the diss it so deserves.