CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’: 35% – BITTER

Ivy Khan and Tyson Turrou in "California Dreamin'" at the MET Theatre. Credit: Irene Hovey.

BITTERSWEET
However, the show sometimes resembles an American College Theatre Festival entry on LSD. That’s understandable, given the property’s identity issues, here a sociological treatise, there a psychological study of attracted opposites. “California Dreamin’” warrants attention, also further rewrites.
David C. Nichols – LA Times

SWEET
Director L. Flint Esquerra’s production is brisk and faithful, but “California Dreamin’ ” needs serious editing to eliminate unnecessary plot strands and zero in on its core issues.
Neal Weaver – Backstage

BITTER
Instead I am left with disappointment. California Dreamin’ is maddeningly reductive, reducing its own interesting central idea to a mélange of exposition and perfunctory declarations of drug-induced euphoria.The characters babble about how they feel, without ever having interactions that might make us feel something. Telling us how in love you are isn’t the same as experiencing love and letting us in on that experience.
Samuel Bernstein – EdgeLosAngeles

BITTER
More than 20 scene changes and Rhona Meyers’ seriously groovy costumes can’t change the fact that this is an untold story for a reason.
Rebecca Haithcoat – LA Weekly

BITTER
For me, the performances were pretty flat. The production emulates the look and sound of the 60s Flower Power culture, and the actors certainly display the behavior of drugged out hippies, but the performances on the whole lack credibility. I simply didn’t feel transported.
Keisha7 – LASplash

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’
MET Theatre
1089 N. Oxford Ave., Hollywood
8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays; Ends March 11, 2012
Tickets: $20; (800) 838-3006
Running time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

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