Russom is so absolutely top-notch that you mourn the absence of a noteworthy script, one unburdened of faux intrigues and ludicrous twists. The good news: The characters outrun the plot. Scarpone’s dotty matriarch needs to lose some of her shtick; otherwise the ensemble performs well under Scott Alan Smith’s direction.
Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly
Under the inspired direction of Scott Alan Smith, the talented ensemble cast delivers the story with a loaded fierceness that pushes and pulls the audience through a range of complicated emotions.
Christine Palau – NoHoArtsDistrict
To miss Leon Russom’s dreamily present monologues, and the entire cast’s engagement with all that’s best in an exquisitely frustrating script, would be to avoid a circus for fear of the clown.
Jason Rohrer – Stage and Cinema
Well, this one is really worth seeing, not just for the well-written dialogue by Andrew Dolan, but by the stupendous performances by a cast from The Road Theatre Company in North Hollywood.
Carol Kaufman Segal – Stagehappenings
Under director Scott Alan Smith’s nurturance, the exemplary cast morphs into a credible family, with every lingering hurt and happy shared memory clearly visible as the O’Dwyer clan gathers to say goodbye to its not-so-dear old dad.
Travis Michael Holder – Backstage
Teeming with grit, wit and gallows humor, this dark comedy lifts the rock on some grim family secrets — and exposes a surprising amount of laughter.
F. Kathleen Foley – LA Times
Want to see just how good intimate theater can be in No Ho? Or anywhere? Treat yourself to The Road Theatre Company’s That Good Night.
Greg Simay – Burbank N Beyond
Despite Scott Alan Smith’s serviceable direction and the admirable investment of the cast, Dolan’s maiden play might profit from a strategic re-kilter.
Leigh Kennicott – Stagehappenings
Director Scott Alan Smith has coaxed first-rate performances from each of the actors, but in spite of his best efforts, he is left to work with an impenetrably mushy second act.
Cynthia Citron – LA Examiner
I didn’t like the characters much and sometimes found the acting forced or unfocused with a few actors looking like they didn’t know how to react to some of the more outlandish plot points.
Robert Machray – Stagehappenings
THAT GOOD NIGHT
Road Theatre Company
At Lankershim Arts Center
5108 Lankershim Blvd., N. Hlywd.
Fri-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; through July 21, 2012
Tickets: $25; (866) 506-1248
Running time: 2 hours, 20 minutes
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