THE MUESLI BELT: 80% – SWEET

Lisa Dobbyn and John McKenna in the Theatre Banshee production of “The Muesli Belt.” Credit: Byron Turk.

SWEET
Director Sean Branney gets commendable work from his cast, generating enough emotion in a short period of time that the audience cares about them and their dilemma quickly.
Terry Morgan – LAist

SWEET
Yet despite the play’s shortcomings, Branney and his tightknit ensemble keenly evoke a period of bygone possibility — just before the tipping point.
F. Kathleen Foley – LA Times

BITTER
Plenty of plays have made fresh the issue of gentrification — a recent one concerning East L.A., Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe, comes to mind. But in Murphy’s work, the outcome is clear from the top of Act I, and like the Black Pool barflies, the play seems just too damn tired to fight it.
Rebecca Haithcoat – LA Weekly

SWEET
But no matter what might trouble the viewer about the script, Branney has brought out every possible relationship among the characters, and his actors play the the relationships with graceful warmth.
Dany Margolies – ArtsInLA

SWEET
Directed by Sean Branney with a keen eye for nuance, the cast does a fine job painting the characters’ shifting emotional colors.
Lynne Heffley – Burbank Leader

THE MUESLI BELT
Theatre Banshee
3435 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank
8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays; Ends Dec. 2, 2012
Tickets: $20; (818) 846-5323
Running time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

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