Most of the actors on stage at the Los Angeles Theatre Center downtown gamely make a run at sustaining interest in the development of their characters and the shifting relations between them, but the self-indulgent crises and dilemmas of Freed’s poets aren’t compelling enough to justify two-plus hours of it all.
Lyle Zimskind – LAist
Directed by Angie Scott and Nate Edelman, the four lead performers work hard, but end up defeated not only by the dense language but by their characters’ abrasive narcissism and the depressive repetition within the plot.
Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly
Everyone is so intent on showing us just how artistically, theatrically, kookily crazy they are, they sidestep the process of making these characters into human beings. The dialogue crackles, not just with wit and intelligence, but also with feeling. It’s the production that falters, coming across as more of a school play than anything else.
Samuel Bernstein – Stage and Cinema
But this talented crew cannot quite expunge the collegiate precocity that suffuses Freed’s script, which never really melds the tickling sardonic mischief to the inevitable ironic tragedies, and nearly wears out its caustic welcome by Act 3. Still, an impressive achievement, albeit most likely rewarding to adherents, academics and/or adventurous alcoholics.
David C. Nichols – LA Times
THE PSYCHIC LIFE OF SAVAGES
Latino Theater Company and Savage Players
At Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles
Mon.-Thurs., 8 p.m.; through Aug. 16., 2012
Tickets: $20; (866) 811-4111
Running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
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