That’s why, as a longtime Colony fan who loved each and every one of this magnificent seven, it pains me to report that their latest two-hander, The Morini Strad, failed to capture or hold my attention despite the best efforts of all concerned.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA
Stephanie Vlahos’s theatrical direction, weaving seamlessly from grand to delicately nuanced, seems orchestrated as a musical composition rather than a play. Without Hartley’s extraordinary performance, neither Holtzman’s story nor Vlahos’ staging might have worked.
Travis Michael Holder – Backstage
The Morini Strad is a thin, morose work straining to be inspirational and profound.
Steven Leigh Morris – LA Weekly
Although a theater company’s fate should never be tied to the success or failure of any single production, The Morini Strad certainly provides a strong case for the argument that the Colony is an essential part of the cultural landscape of Burbank in particular and LA theater in general.
Don Shirley – LA Stage Times
Though not nearly as moving or rewarding as their production of Grace and Glorie, it is an interesting play that has been given the Colony’s usual handsome production.
Rom Watson – RomWatson
Let me say first of all, that this is an absolute must see.
Ingrid Wilmot – Will Call
Without this duo, who recall the late David Dukes opposite Rosemary Harris, or gifted young Geneva Lewis as Erica’s student and younger self, “Morini Strad” might fall short of what, to this reviewer, it achieves: as quietly engrossing, core audience-friendly an item as the venue has housed since “Trying.” Bravi a tutti.
David C. Nichols – LA Times
Willy Holtzman’s The Morini Strad is a better than average example of the genre, largely because it doesn’t try to oversell the friendship, but also because there’s a bit more to it than that.
Sharon Perlmutter – Talkin’ Broadway
Under Vlahos’s direction, Hartley and Nevell play off each other harmoniously, never missing a beat or hitting a wrong note.
George Alexander – Culture Vulture
The cast is excellent, and has great chemistry together. Mariette Hartley, still lovely, is terrific as the cranky artist. David Nevel is also wonderful as the moody violinmaker.
Robert Machray – Stagehappenings
It is worth seeing, especially as The Colony Theatre can use the support.
Daniel Faigin – Observations Along the Road
The Colony Theatre’s The Morini Strad gives us an extra helping of onstage excitement this holiday season. You’ll not only see veteran actors at the top of their craft, but also exquisitely rendered violin performances from prodigy GENEVA LEWIS, already amazing at 14.
Greg Simay – Burbank N Beyond
Watching two wonderful actors play out the conflicting rhythms of life to Holtzman’s uplifting strains is a valued and most enjoyable experience.
Don Grigware – BroadwayWorld
THE MORINI STRAD
555 North Third Street, Burbank
EXTENDED THROUGH JANUARY 13, 2012
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00, Saturdays at 3:00 and 8:00 and Sundays at 2:00
No performances Thanksgiving week
Tickets: $20-$42; (818) 558-7000 X15
Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
About the Author: We don’t “review” shows here at the Lemon, rather we "review" reviews by gathering them from a variety of local review sites around the internet, judging them to be positive or negative, then forming an aggregate score that we call a LEMONMETER RATING, showing how well that show has been reviewed in total. For more detail on how the LemonMeter works visit here.