GRACE NOTES & ANVILS: 83% – SWEET

Ron Marasco, left, Roxanne Hart and Brian Shuff in “Grace Notes & Anvils.” Credit: April Rocha.

SWEET
Nevertheless, in spite of being too close to the subject for some of us, there’s quite humor is Marasco and Shuff’s story, and the guests artists’, who help us remember to laugh and grieve at the same time.
Madeleine Shaner – Park La Brea News/Beverly Press (opens in pdf)

SWEET
It’s hardly high-end dramaturgy, but it totally achieves its aim — to universalize and raise discourse on a topic that most people avoid. As someone forever transformed by his partner’s 1994 demise and still processing his mother’s passing in December, this reviewer can attest that bereaved attendees will find “Grace Notes & Anvils” empathetic, therapeutic and invaluable.
David C. Nichols – LA Times

SWEET
Heavy stuff, admittedly, and one must be of a certain state of mind to appreciate it. Still, the performances, particularly the gravel-voiced Marasco’s drolly ironic depiction of a bereaved mother and Hart’s frantic turn as a frustrated woman cleaning up her dead brother’s affairs, are warm and recognizably archetypal.
Paul Birchall – LA Weekly

SWEET
Universal as the theme is — we’ve all experienced the pain of losing someone close to us — it’s not often addressed as openly and intimately as it is in Grace Notes.
Willard Manus – Total Theater

BITTER
Nor could I get past Mr. Molina’s inability to read directly from a script and say his lines correctly. In fact, he flubbed so many lines, and the show was so void of imagination, that to charge admission to the public (many of whom no doubt expected a show) seems brazen.
Tony Frankel – Stage and Cinema

SWEET
Unlike most of the other shows that feature rotating cameo appearances by celebrities, this one is about a very weighty subject. But it’s treated with an urbane wit that makes the production itself a “grace note.” It might indeed be of great value not only to those who are grieving, but also those who know someone who’s grieving or who might themselves face grief in the future – in other words, just about everyone.
Don Shirley – LA Stage Times

GRACE NOTES & ANVILS
Odyssey Theatre
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles
8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m.; also, 8 p.m. June 27, July 11
EXTENDED THROUGH JULY 29, 2012
Tickets: $25-$30; (310) 477-2055
Running time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

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