THE CHANGELING (LONG BEACH PLAYHOUSE): 82% – SWEET

“The Changeling” at Long Beach Playhouse. Credit: Jonathan Lewis.

BITTERSWEET
With Middleton and Rowley’s Jacobean tragedy, Dave Barton, who handles both, does a serviceable job in terms of comprehensibility, but the effect is at best uneven and at times languorous in terms of dramatic impact.
Mayank Keshaviah – LA Weekly

BITTERSWEET
If you consider a play a piece of military strategy, in that actors are the foot-soldiers and the director is the general, it’s clear General Barton inspired his troops. What isn’t always clear is what they are fighting for.
Joel Beers – OC Weekly

SWEET
As labyrinthine as this storyline may seem on paper, on stage it’s vivid and well paced, given a sense of urgency by Barton and his cast.
Eric Marchese – OC Register

SWEET
If you go you’ll be impressed with the acting, if not the sets (which are not especially interesting.) You’ll see some great acting as the complicates story unfolds. But be pre4apred to be, if not shocked, at least surprised at how the Playhouse has changed.
John Farrell – Random Lengths News

SWEET
If you hunger for cutting-edge theatre, this one should more than satisfy your appetite.
Jordan Young – LA Examiner

SWEET
Although there are times that the language of the play and the dualing plotlines can become cumbersome, overall, the actors seem to grasp the complexities of the writing and convey their characters’ arcs with finesse and gusto.
Cory Bilicko – Signal Tribune Newspaper

SWEET
“The Changeling” should be of interest to every serious theater lover.
Shirle Gottlieb – Gazettes

BITTERSWEET
Unfortunately, the stiffness of the script makes it hard for the actors to keep things lively (in Act One, at least). But Kopps does a nice job with De Flores, bringing the creepy while delivering his lines with an unforced precision.
David Wielenga – Greater Long Beach

THE CHANGELING
Long Beach Playhouse
5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach
Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; through Sept. 29, 2012
Tickets: $14-$24; (562) 494-1014
Running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

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  1. Colin Mitchell Colin Mitchell says:

    Excellent. Thanks for sending, Dave.