86′D: 75% – BITTERSWEET

Alan Ehrlich, foreground, and, from left, Lucan Melkonian, Julianna Bolles and Jamie Kerezsi in “86′d” at Theatre 68. Credit: Matt McVay.

SWEET
Would that all indie films translated to the stage as well as “86’d” at Theatre 68. Jon Polito and Darryl Armbruster’s dark comedy about collective moral equivalency in a late-night diner weathers some blips in tone and casting to hold us in uncomfortably laughing thrall.
David C. Nichols – LA Times

BITTERSWEET
But in the end, we’re left looking for something we can believe in underneath the fun bits and one-liners. Add it all up and there’s too much that we simply don’t buy.
Jennie Webb – Backstage

BITTERSWEET
Inspiring? No. Inconsequential entertainment? Maybe….
Sally Luckett – LASplash

BITTERSWEET
What happens when you take an obscure direct-to-video movie from the ‘90s, adapt it as a stage comedy, edit it down from 86 minutes to a little over an hour, give it a new title and World Premiere it at Hollywood’s Theatre 68? The answer is 86’d, an enjoyable albeit slight (and very short) comedy that has quite a bit going for it … and against it as well.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA

SWEET
Ronnie Marno expertly directs his ensemble cast with comic finesse.
Bill Kamyar – WeHo News

SWEET
Watching these scoundrels stumble from one desperate, idiotic scheme and mishap to another is a kick, and director Ronnie Marmo keeps the comic chaos finely tuned. Notwithstanding its predictable plot twists, the show is thoroughly entertaining.
Lovell Estell III – LA Weekly

86′D
Theatre 68
5419 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays
EXTENDED THROUGH JANUARY 19, 2013
Tickets: $25; (323) 960-5068
Running time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

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