CANDIDA (CHRYSALIS STAGE): 75% – BITTERSWEET

Molly Leland and Michael Uribes in "Candida" at the Flight Theater. Credit: Aaron Morgan.

BITTERSWEET
Unfortunately, director Andrea Gwynnel Morgan pushes production toward broad comedy, blunting Shaw’s sharper insights. Lewis and Leland have the requisite Shavian chops, but any nuance they might bring feels quashed by the show’s forced tone. Uribes’ truth-telling, socially phobic nerd appears drawn from the catalog of Johnny Depp’s more mannered performances. Everyone seems to be playing to a much larger house than the Flight’s intimate space.
Charlotte Stoudt – LA Times

SWEET
Uribes’ Marchbanks is accurately but broadly played, and the supporting cast is excellent on Aaron Morgan’s handsome, lovingly detailed Victorian set.
Neal Weaver – LA Weekly

SWEET
Director Andrea Gwynnel Morgan’s astutely cast and reasonably polished production captures the charm and wit of this venerable classic.
Les Spindle – Backstage

BITTER
This difficult play has not been granted any favors by an inadequate production at the upstairs Flight Theatre in Hollywood.
Dale Reynolds – Stagehappenings

SWEET
Happily, such is the case with the Chrysalis Stage production of George Bernard Shaw’s 1897 Candida, a comedy of manners that is as entertaining today as it surely was more than 100 years ago. It’s brightly performed by an ensemble that knows how to bring out the humor in the piece.
Kurt Gardner – Blog Critics

CANDIDA
Chrysalis Stage
At Flight Theater, The Complex
6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays. No performance Sunday, Feb 26
Ends March 11, 2012
Tickets: $20
Running time: 1 hour, 45 minutes.

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