Though director Michael Lorre and his solid cast manage more than a few shining moments, the story feels stale and the ham-fisted comedy never hits its requisite screwball stride.
Amy Lyons – LA Weekly
Twentieth Century gives the venerable Sierra Madre Playhouse one of its best productions ever, and if you’ve never visited the picturesque “Small Town USA” city of Sierra Madre, you’re in for a double treat. Plan on arriving early for a stroll around town and a pre-show coffee or meal. You’ll be glad you made the trip.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA
A stylish set and strong performances make Sierra Madre Playhouse’s production of Twentieth Century (adapted by Ken Ludwig) a fun ride.
Candyce Columbus – LA Examiner
Now playing at the Sierra Madre Playhouse is a very funny play featuring a great cast and a superb set (designed by Adam Smith).
Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA
Kudos to all the actors, producers Christine Soldate and Ward Calaway, and director Michael Lorre for this rendition.
Serita Stevens – LASplash
In short, Sierra Madre Playhouse’s “20th Century” is frivolous, fun, well performed and a pleasure to watch.
Frances Baum Nicholson – The Stage Struck Review
Bard Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s 1930s play and movie versions of 20th Century retain the rat-a-tat repartee of this screwball script, while Michael Lorre’s adept direction maintains the comedy’s madcap pace.
Ed Rampell – Jesther Entertaiment
Sierra Madre Playhouse
87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre
Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.; thru March 17, 2012
Tickets: $25.00 general; $22 seniors (65+) and students (13-17); $15 children 12 and under; (626) 355-4318
Running Time: 2 hours
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