THE RIVALS (ACTORS GANG): 75% – BITTERSWEET

The Actors’ Gang presents VJ Foster and Brian Finney in “The Rivals” at the Ivy Substation. Credit: Jean-Louis Darville.

SWEET
True, the goofy flamboyance often seems a tad effortful. But the fireworks of Sheridan’s verbal wit are still mesmerizing.
Charles McNulty – LA Times

SWEET
Wit is of paramount importance in this sort of show, and, to its credit, director David Schweizer’s glimmering production—almost too hip and sassy for the Post Restoration Era—crackles with clever stagecraft and amusing excesses.
Paul Birchall – Stage and Cinema

SWEET
The large cast consistently captures the bumptious spirit, manages the tricky lines fluently, and musters flesh and blood out of what can easily lapse into cartoonish buffoonery.
Myron Meisel – The Hollywood Reporter

BITTER
And though director David Schweizer packs plenty of seductive panache into his high-energy, semi-period revival (on Karyl Newman’s handsome, carnivalesque set), this soufflé won’t rise. Under the gilded lily of the Actors’ Gang’s commedia-inflected house style, only the play’s sturdiest caricatures — the irascible dunderhead Sir Anthony Absolute (VJ Foster) and the drunken Irish stereotype Sir Lucius O’Trigger (Steve Porter) — survive with laughs.
Bill Raden – LA Weekly

THE RIVALS
The Actors’ Gang
At the Ivy Substation
9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City
8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; ends Nov. 17, 2012
Tickets: $25; (310) 838-4264
Running time: 2 hours, 35 minutes

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  1. Tracey Paleo says:

    Sheridan has always been one of my personal favorites. Bravo Actors Gang!