THE ILLUSION (A NOISE WITHIN): 95% – SWEET

Deborah Strang and Nick Ullettt in "The Illusion" at A Noise Within. Credit: Craig Schwartz.

SWEET
Still, although the quicksilver plot can challenge one’s patience, catharsis awaits the patient playgoer.
F. Kathleen Foley – LA Times

SWEET
Like the cast, the show’s design is solid, though Jeremy Pivnick’s eerie lighting and Monica Lisa Sabedra’s clever coiffures stand out.
Mayank Keshaviah – LA Weekly

SWEET
Under the spare staging but sturdy guidance of director Casey Stangl, ANW stalwart Deborah Strang is a bawdy yet commanding presence as the sorceress Alcandre, sought out in her foggy forest haven by Pridamant, who as played by Nick Ullett is as befuddled and frail as Alcandre is powerful.
Travis Michael Holder – Backstage

SWEET
The Illusion is a funny, puzzling and entertaining glimpse into classic French theater (circa 1636) with a twist and a few inside jokes that especially pleased the many thespians in the opening night audience.
Candyce Columbus – LA Examiner

SWEET
Apparently Kushner adapted the play for contemporary audiences by cutting the original and writing some new scenes, but however and whenever he wrote it, it is very, very entertaining. And director Casey Stangl makes the most of it on Keith Mitchell’s fine and elaborate set.
Dale Reynolds – Stagehappenings

SWEET
Under the direction of Casey Stangl, The Illusion is visually enchanting, peppered with fine performers, and had an excellent surprise ending. While the philosophical undertones of The Illusion are geared toward a sophisticated adult audience, the charming staging of this production has tons of kid-friendly appeal and is perfectly suited for budding theatre patrons.
Mialka Bonadonna Morano – LAist

BITTERSWEET
And this play, in its very playfulness, offers much to take our minds off any awkward staging. When Mr Douglas grins, when Ms Craden pouts, when Mr Blumenfeld blusters: we are transported, and the illusion before us comes happily into our selves. That it has largely evaporated by the time we start the car should not surprise us.
Jason Rohrer – Stage and Cinema

SWEET
A delightfully transporting and magical fable about the illusory nature of love and relationships, The Illusion by Pierre Corneille (adapted by Tony Kushner and beautifully directed by Casey Stangl) is currently playing at A Noise Within (ANW) and runs until Saturday, May 19, 2012.
Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

SWEET
That ANW culls these somewhat obscure plays from theatre history and makes them work is to their credit.
Michael Sheehan – OnStageLosAngeles

SWEET
That is, if one is watching the production of this delight at A Noise Within. The odd tale comes alive because of terrific performances, and because of the whimsical direction of Casey Stangl. The result is a triumph of almost attractive weirdness, consistent humor and whipcrack timing.
Frances Baum Nicholson – The Stage Struck Review

SWEET
A Noise Within’s staging of Corneille’s “The Illusion” was nothing less than spectacular.
Jordan Young – LA Examiner

THE ILLUSION
A Noise Within
3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena
In repertory; Ends May 19, 2012
Tickets: $42-$46; (626) 356-3100, ext. 1.
Running time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

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