THE FIX (INTERNATIONAL CITY THEATRE): 67% – BITTERSWEET

"The Fix" at International City Theatre. Credit: Carlos Delgado.

SWEET
Even more fortuitously, director Randy Brenner (who helmed a previous production of the show at Musical Theatre Guild), manages to balance the book’s melodrama and the satire. He makes sure that the actors on the stage aren’t mouthpieces, but convey that they believe every line they say and sing.
Jonas Schwartz – TheaterMania

BITTERSWEET
The show would have you believe that its cachet lies in its combination of timelessness and ripped-from-the-headlines immediacy, but what book writer–lyricist John Dempsey and composer Dana P. Rowe have created is an odd, sitcomlike, soapy rock opera.
Eric Marchese – Backstage

BITTERSWEET
But none of that really matters if the show is good and the performances rock. Unfortunately, it’s a bit of a mixed bag.
Sharon Perlmutter – Talkin’ Broadway

SWEET
ICT Artistic director caryn desai has smartly decided to bring back MTG’s Adam Simmons (a 2008 Scenie winner for his lead performance as Cal), director Randy Brenner, and choreographer Heather Castillo for The Fix’s first fully-staged West Coast production. Otherwise, The Fix at ICT is brand new from the ground up, and as exciting as can be.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA

BITTER
In short, the play is flooded with too many plot twists and too many marginally satirical digs to seem remotely realistic. Instead it devolves into an over-extended musical comedy sketch, staged by Randy Brenner.
Don Shirley – LA Stage Watch

BITTER
Yet, for all its wit, the staging feels over-housed and under-populated. What might dazzle in a 99-seat venue diffuses its impact in the mid-sized ICT. Still, the chief problem isn’t execution, but an intractable core deficiency. Between the trope-heavy, overripe plot and Rowe’s mega-generic melodies, the property, alas, remains less coruscating statement than predigested high concept where a show should be, which not even the admirable forces on tap here can fix.
David C. Nichols – LA Times

SWEET
Having enjoyed the performances and score of “The Fix,” one may be left to wonder what it was all for. Though it seems to be at first, the musical is not simply a wry satire of today’s political world; it grows too dramatic for that.
Sara Itkis – Neon Tommy

SWEET
It’s pure political satire with music, in the style of a rock opera, but , but unlike pure rock opera, with spoken dialogue as well as the music to move the plot along. Reminding one of a vaudeville at times with its broad playing mood, it is an intensely dark, hard-hitting, gritty drama that socks a big wallop. Its one major drawback is its lack of comedic flair; it is so serious and razor sharp, it forgets to lighten up at times to let its audience digest it properly. Now in a finely staged engagement through May 20 at ICT, Long Beach, The Fix boasts above all else… a splendiferous cast.
Don Grigware – Grigware Blogspot

SWEET
If theatre’s purpose is to make you think and feel then The Fix will give you an opportunity to do both. It isn’t subtle and it doesn’t intend to be. “Graceful exits were never your forte,” says Violet to Grahame, the polio victim, in one of her ugliest episodes. It’s enough to make your skin crawl.
Ellen Dostal – Musicals in LA

BITTER
What I know for sure is that I wish ICT had chosen different material, because no director or cast can repair all that is wrong with The Fix.
Greggory Moore – Greater Long Beach

SWEET
The new Rock Musical The Fix is now on stage and stands as another example of ICT’s commitment to presenting entertaining and well-produced theatrical works.
Robert Lilly – Stagehappenings

THE FIX
Presented by and at International City Theatre
Long Beach Performing Arts Center
300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
April 27–May 20, 2012; Thu.–Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.
Tickets: (562) 436-4610; $37-$44
Running time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

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  1. Steven Stanley says:

    My review actually came out before these.
    http://www.stagescenela.com/2012/04/the-fix-2/

  2. I know we seem thorough and orderly here at the Lemon, Steven, but it’s all for show.

    You’ll be in the mix soon. Thanks.