THE BOOMERANG EFFECT: 71% – BITTERSWEET

"The Boomerang Effect" at the Odyssey Theatre. Credit: Ed Krieger.

BITTER
Each performer deserves applause for fighting to give a shred of humanity to each moment, despite the uninspired direction, and it’s a pleasant moment when they are able to. It’s too bad the work of the playwright didn’t match up and the director pandered with sitcom safety.
Phillip Kelly – MadTheatrics

SWEET
Boasting some hilarious one-liners and a smartly ironic pop-cultural sensibility, the show’s youthful sensibility is well served by director Damaso Rodriguez’s crisp and playful production.
Paul Birchall – LA Weekly

BITTERSWEET
Director Dámaso Rodriguez’s spirited staging keeps things moving along briskly on John Iacovelli’s Ikea-display-cubicle set, which happily morphs from one location to another without slowing things down. Nevertheless, though it shows obvious promise, Leavitt’s charmingly old-fashioned script is overwhelmed by the sense that it could easily be pitched to the networks as a vehicle for Charlie Sheen, Ray Romano, or any other veteran of an old sitcom looking for work.
Travis Michael Holder – Backstage

BITTER
Leavitt does show promise and one hopes that he will continue to explore the world through the theatre. But this one needs a re-think at the end of the run as Americans need more explorations of love-couplings, both humorous and sad.
Dale Reynolds – Stagehappenings

BITTERSWEET
Leavitt’s sex comedy is undeniably well-written, entertaining and amusing with lots of honest insight into the disillusionment that comes with being young, educated, and underemployed…yet its scope is quite narrow. The Boomerang Effect is a bit of a guilty pleasure—fun to watch, but it won’t leave you feeling enriched in any meaningful way.
Mialka Bonadonna Morano – LAist

SWEET
Good work by Village Green Productions, playwright Matthew Leavitt, director Damaso Rodriguez, producers Del Shores, Linda Toliver and Gary Guidinger, and all those beautiful actors.
Madeleine Shaner – Park La Brea News/Beverly Press (opens in pdf)

SWEET
Village Green Productions merits a tip of the hat for taking a chance on a more-or-less fledgling playwright, a gamble that has paid off quite niftily in a production that guarantees laughs from side-splitting start to uproarious finish.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA

SWEET
Now onstage at the Odyssey a terrific cast of 10 all sleep in the same bed – well, separate pairs of course – and engineer a slick and well-intentioned comedic evening of theatre.
Don Grigware – BroadwayWorld

SWEET
Definitely a must see!
Ebony Sargent – LASplash

BITTERSWEET
There are a few things to recommend the show. The writing is engaging, and the twist in the order keeps us involved. The problem, though, is that the actual plots of the five plays don’t have much going for them.
Sharon Perlmutter – Talkin’ Broadway

SWEET
This is a good time fun play generously sprinkled with loud laughs and some quiet reflections. The writing rings true and the conflicts have a familiar reality that adds to the enjoyment.
Harvey Sid Fisher – Hollywood Today

SWEET
All of the cast of 10 more than capably handle their extensive, rapid-­fire dialogue, sharply and cleverly written by playwright Matthew Leavitt.
Gil Kaan – Culture Spot LA

SWEET
The universality of these characters mean they are relevant to all sorts of people and make this play perfect for everyone. Enjoy this sexy comedy. You will go home refreshed.
Melissa Curtin – Ask Miss A

SWEET
This is the ideal springtime diversion, light, frothy, sexy and very entertaining.
Ingrid Wilmot – Will Call

THE BOOMERANG EFFECT
Odyssey Theatre
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., W.L.A.
Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; through April 29, 2012
Tickets: (310) 477-2055

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