SMOKE AND MIRRORS (ONGOING AT ROAD THEATRE): 97% – SWEET

Bettina Zacar, left and Albie Selznick in “Smoke and Mirrors” at the Road Theatre. Credit: Michelle Grant.

SWEET
“Smoke and Mirrors” handily demonstrates Selznick’s conquest of his own greatest fear — being a nobody. Perhaps his greatest trick of all: making boredom completely disappear.
Philip Brandes – LA Times

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This is a fabulous show for kids of all ages.
Don Grigware – BroadwayWorld

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Fans of his work on stage and TV can rejoice in his “coming-out” as the writer-star of the ever so enjoyable Smoke And Mirrors.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA

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Smoke and Mirrors is a good time in the theater and worth seeing for that. But it also has more to offer, and it almost delivers in full. Here’s hoping that Albie Selznick will take the opportunity to bring a little more harmony to this piece and get it all the way to that last stage of perfection.
Richard A. Becker – CreepyLA

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We become entranced … captivated by the magical, mystical, highly entertaining Albie Selznick, and his quirky cast.
Pat Taylor – Tolucan Times

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He is a first class, state of the art performer, making magic come alive as the show progresses, with mind bending techniques and body movements sure to wow the audience.
Bonnie Priever – Tolucan Times

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Selznick’s “Smoke and Mirrors” makes it easy to see why: Illusions and tricks of misdirection captivate the audience and are delightful to see onstage.
Katherine Davis – Backstage

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The showmanship of Albie Selznick with his colors, sounds, lighting and special effects makes for very interesting and often humorous visual gags and tricks right in front of your eyes!
Lorenzo Marchessi – NoHoArtsDistrict

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Along the way this personable performer tells us stories of his travels, audiences, trials and tribulations. He displayed a great sense of humor and a confident style. If you like magic this is a wonderful evening of entertainment.
Robert Machray – Stagehappenings

BITTERSWEET
Those who love magic will altogether enjoy “Smoke and Mirrors,” directed with finesse and agility by Paul Millet. Those who are not so fond of literal memoir — or of plays with two distinct and oft-competing themes — will also enjoy “Smoke and Mirrors” but might also wish they could cut it in half.
Andrea Kittelson – LA Examiner

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If you’ve forgotten the childlike joy and sublime wonderment of seeing magic performed, Albie Selznick’s theatrical show is an enchanting reminder.
Lovell Estell III – LA Weekly

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It is not often that a magician shows his hand, his total heart and deep affection for the arts. Magical thinking provides answers when there are none but any magician worth his wand provides the stuff that dreams, wishes and childlike wonder are made of, even for a moment. Albie Selznick proves that behind all the smoke and mirrors, what is real cannot always be seen, but is felt and that is what makes true magic.
M.R. Hunter – EyeSpyLA

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Albie’s story is funny, and uplifting and his magic tricks…absolutely killer.
Joan and John Schwartz – LA Examiner

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This production deserves its wide-ranging praise. Its writer-star, Albie Selznick, is an engaging and talented magician who has more than paid dues in acting roles across Southland stages.
Dany Margolies – ArtsInLA

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For actor Albie Selznick, it was magic. And it’s this type of imaginative exploration that has resulted in a show that has been extended to almost a year at different venues in Los Angeles county. At The Road Theatre, actor-magician Albie Selznick deftly combines mystical magic and personal pain, resulting in joy and wonder.
Peter A. Balaskas – LASplash

SWEET
More than just a display of magic, and as striking as any dramatic piece, Smoke and Mirrors excels as it infuses the synergy of illusion and deception to tell a story — a story complete with arc, complexity and emotional impact.
M. Jarrett Christensen – Tolucan Times

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It is fun, funny, interesting and magical.
Gerie Rhosen – NoHoArtsDistrict

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A gifted performer, Selznick lovingly reincarnates himself at a range of ages. He is most endearing as a lisping child in a patterned pajama top and oversized cape, but he’s equally at ease playing himself as a determined middle- schooler and a 20-something attempting to find his way in the world. The magic tricks throughout the play are always impressive, and, at their best, they are funny, beautiful, astounding, and even deeply touching. As Selznick recounts his story, it becomes clear that he is not only a masterful magician but also a person who has thought deeply about human psychology as it relates to magic.
Elizabeth Morgan Wachtel – Stage Raw

SWEET
But again, the story is polished a little differently and the aim is a little broader. While the original run took the audience a little further in terms of living Albie’s point of view, and giving us a few more scares to show us how he felt, this time we’re seeing the life of someone who’s past their crisis and wants to show us the hope that waits beyond the fears. There’s also plenty of laughs (as there were the first time around) and a healthy dose of audience participation. It’s a fine, focused evening of theater that has plenty of light entertainment for everyone and something deeper for anyone who wants to think and feel a little more.
Richard Becker – CreepyLA

SMOKE AND MIRRORS
Road Theatre
5108 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
INDEFINITE RUN (Currently Through December 28, 2014)
Tickets: $34; (800) 595-4849
Running time: 1 hour, 35 minutes

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