MRS. MANNERLY (THEATRE 40): 60% – BITTERSWEET

Richard Horvitz and Nan Tepper in “Mrs. Mannerly” at Theatre 40. Credit: Ed Krieger.

BITTERSWEET
However, I thought it was a little unfinished in the production cycle. I didn’t care for the blocking or the staging.
Rose Desena – The Los Angeles Post

BITTERSWEET
But “Mrs. Mannerly,” at least in this uneven production, feels more like a witty essay than a full-grown play.
Margaret Gray – LA Times

BITTER
My enthusiasm for the subject matter and for the playwright’s idea makes it all the more disappointing that the play is underdeveloped and underwritten, and the production plagued with seemingly insurmountable weaknesses.
Samuel Bernstein – Stage and Cinema

SWEET
Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher’s quasi autobiographical comedy based on two characters directed by Robert Mackenzie at Theatre 40 is a sheer delight!
Audrey Linden – LA Examiner

SWEET
This play, if not perfect, is light and sweet, and Horvitz’s lively performance makes it enjoyable.
Katherine Davis – Backstage

BITTER
Unfortunately, however, for much of the play, one is left feeling that too much is presumed; moments that might have been funny are not adequately delivered.
Tatum Regan – EdgeLosAngeles

SWEET
With the irrepressible Richard Horvitz center stage and the venerable Nan Tepper there to rein little Jeffrey in when needed, Mrs. Mannerly comes as a welcome end-of-year surprise.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA

MRS. MANNERLY
Theatre 40
Reuben Cordova Theatre
241 S. Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills
8 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays (dates vary; see website for complete schedule)
Ends Dec. 15, 2012
Tickets: $24 to $26; (310) 364-0535
Running time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

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