THE CHILDREN: 92% – SWEET

"The Children" at the Boston Court Performing Arts Center. Credit: Ed Krieger.

SWEET
This is a noteworthy production in every regard, from Elyanow’s brilliant poetry (“To mortal man, how great a scourge is love”) and ingenious references to the characters’ brave new world (“The sun has been harnessed!” shouts the handmaiden when the lights are switched on) to uniformly exquisite design elements and strikingly courageous, committed performances under the nurturance of director Jessica Kubzansky.
Travis Michael Holder – Backstage

SWEET
Perhaps inspired by this tale as old as Greek tragedy and as recent as today’s headlines, playwright Michael Elyanow has written an extraordinary (if a tad too intricate) new play, The Children, which Theatre @ Boston Court is now World Premiering under the inspired direction of Jessica Kubzanky.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA

SWEET
From top to bottom in this fast-paced and captivating production, its simply thrilling to get lost in the unknown and find yourself waiting in anticipation to see how everything unfolds. Simply, The Children is wonderful.
Michelle Clay – LASplash

SWEET
The Children is a bumpy journey, but ultimately it’s more evidence that Boston Court is the most consistently adventurous theater in LA.
Anthony Byrnes – KCRW

SWEET
Credit the real sorceress on hand: director Jessica Kubzansky, who maintains the tension, effects and reversals with unerring control. Her seamless work here is inspired, as is “The Children,” a must-see attraction and an instant classic.
David C. Nichols – LA Times

SWEET
When all is said and done, The Children is an extraordinarily original and thought-provoking story about hope and survival that spans the centuries and should leave you wanting to discuss its intricacies over a stiff drink…or maybe three.
Jenny Platt – LifeInLA

BITTER
The new production at Boston Court, a modern take on the Medea story by playwright Michael Elyanow called The Children, is not a classic. In fact, it’s a bad play with the odd grace note of a strong conclusion that points clearly to how strong the show could be if rewritten extensively.
Terry Morgan – LAist

SWEET
Ms Kubzansky has rendered a flawed play into a beautiful and lingering piece of theater. That it takes a while to sink in is a testament to the problems it has to overcome.
Jason Rohrer – Stage and Cinema

SWEET
In his rendition,Elyanow conflates the two stories, meeting the myth head on while searching for a ray of hope for the bewildered children that he situates on both sides of the archetypal divide. He finds it in Jessica Kubzansky’s inaugural production, tellingly mounted on a background of nooks and crannies (variously a Grecian heath or a Down Maine rural cabin) as past morphs into present where adults can’t be trusted to stay as they seem.
Leigh Kennicott – Stagehappenings

SWEET
Early on, its script relies too heavily and for too long on familiar, winking humor, making too much of both. But once the play opens up its characters, and the mystery at its center deepens, the mythic resonance turns from jokey to philosophical to heartbreaking. As a result, the play revises and redeems itself, giving the talented ensemble ample room to display impressive range. The whole is elevated by the synergy of its strikingly good production values.
Mindy Farabee – LA Weekly

SWEET
Nice work if you can get it, as that old song goes, and she and the Boston Court crew, indeed, got it.
George Alexander – Culture Vulture

SWEET
I love a good puzzle. I love a play which begins with what we know overtly and then turns that reality upon its head. It can make for edge-of-the-seat watching, if handled right. If not, it can become an exhausting exercise. At The Theatre at Boston Court, the puzzle is a pleasure.
Frances Baum-Nicholson – The Stage Struck Review

THE CHILDREN
Presented by and at the Boston Court Performing Arts Center
70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena
May 12–June 10, 2012
Thu.–Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.
(Additional performances Wed., May 23 and June 6, 8 p.m.)
Tickets: (626) 683-6883
Running time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

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  1. wdc says:

    Play was beautifully produced, which leads me to a question: so much money on design, why pay the actors so little? Seriously.