Sukie and Sue: Their Story will not change your life, and that’s okay. The Blank Theatre has produced a delightful diversion, a ridiculous excursion into the high times of a couple of nurses who have a slight demon-possession problem. The laughs are ample and the cast gleefully tackles Michael John Lachiusa’s absurd new comedy.
Andrew Moore – MadTheatrics
For a substantial part of this 90-minute show, Sukie and Sue smoke it up, party and have casual sex — but even that gets dull after a while. Surprisingly, LaChiusa’s catchiest writing is reserved for an exorcising priest (Eddie Driscoll). Performances are satisfactory under Kirsten Sanderson’s direction.
Lovell Estell III – LA Weekly
He is definitely on to something here with Sukie and Sue, but I wish he embraced the weirdness of the subject matter more fully. The story is billed as being based on actual events. I don’t know whether that’s meant to be tongue-in-cheek or not. I, for one, would love to know more.
Samuel Bernstein – Stage and Cinema
It’s a good-natured send-up of horror movies and their bizarre special effects.
Neal Weaver – Backstage
Horror movie satire “Sukie and Sue: Their Story” plays like a Christopher Durang retread with lower stakes and inferior jokes, but the Blank comes through once again with as snappy and entertaining a production as the material could possibly permit.
Bob Verini – Variety
Under the direction of Kirsten Sanderson, Sukie and Sue: Their Story is fast-paced with deliciously kitschy undertones. The script is far from genius, but Sanderson hones in on LaChiusa’s cynical silliness to craft an entertaining night of theatre. The giddy-squeal inducing special effects by Matt Falletta are extremely fun, and definitely worth the price of admission.
Mia Bonadonna – LAist
As a horror movie spoof, Sukie And Sue: Their Story falls a bit flat. It’s not spooky enough (nor does the Blank’s budget allow any kind of horror flick-worthy special effects) to provoke anything more than a gasp or two. Neither is it spoofy enough to match say Re-Animator: The Musical’s inspired lunacy. In fact, with all the truly outstanding plays getting staged readings at the Blank’s Monday night Living Room Series (the recent Doesn’t Anyone Know What A Pancreas Is? comes to mind), this reviewer can’t help wondering if Sukie And Sue: Their Story would have made it to the Blank’s Second Stage without the name LaChiusa attached to it.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA
The demonic potential in even the most innocuous-looking child’s doll should come as no surprise to parents who’ve felt its eerie supernatural impact on their wallets. But, far more sinister manifestations await in “Sukie and Sue: Their Story,” composer Michael John LaChiusa’s modest but amusing detour into non-musical playwriting.
Philip Brandes – LA Times
SUKIE AND SUE: THEIR STORY
Blank Theatre Company
2nd Stage, 6500 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd.
Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; through June 3, 2012
Tickets: (323) 661-9827
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