SURVIVING MAMA: 28% – BITTER

Gina Manziello, left, and Arva Rose in ‘Surviving Mama’ at Edgemar Center for the Arts. Credit: Eric Wade.

BITTERSWEET
The play has great potential and I would like to see it again if it was shortened and reworked a little.
Rose Desena – The Los Angeles Post

BITTER
“Surviving Mama,” now in its world premiere at Edgemar Center for the Arts, is a frustratingly disjointed play that feels like a protracted examination of a stranger’s photograph album, snapshot by random snapshot.
F. Kathleen Foley – LA Times

BITTER
Neither the director, Doug Kaback, nor the actors rise above playwright Sonia Levitin’s surprisingly clichéd script.
Bill Kamyar – WeHo News

BITTER
Under the seemingly nonexistent direction of Doug Kaback, who appears to have lost his way staging the epic story in an unwieldy location, almost every supporting player grossly overacts.
Travis Michael Holder – Backstage

BITTERSWEET
Levitin’s world-premiere play has many powerful and moving moments, but it just doesn’t cohere into a satisfactory whole, perhaps because all of its main characters are such unsympathetic people.
Willard Manus – Total Theater

BITTERSWEET
Surviving Mama is directed by Doug Kaback. Because Marlena’s story is told in flashbacks, sometimes the scene changes are a bit awkward (though the dropping of curtains to change the scenes was rather interesting). Gina Manziello’s portrayal of Mama as a young woman in the flashbacks as well as playing daughter Anne is well done. Peter Lucas appears rather awkward as Gustav, somehow not seeming to fit the character.
Carol Kaufman Segal – Stagehappenings

BITTERSWEET
Reminds me of a good meal with too many courses to digest.
Ingrid Wilmot – Will Call

SURVIVING MAMA
Edgemar Center for the Arts
2437 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405
October 12- November 18, 2012
Fri. at 8:00, Sat. at 3:00 and 8:00, Sun. at 5:00.
Tickets: $34.99; (310) 392-7327
Running time: 2 hours

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