Brian E. Smith’s staging underserves North’s script. As a result, the conflicts are uninvolving and the sometimes sharp dialogue falls flat. You’re better off putting your money on a different horse.
Philip Brandes – LA Times
This was a fun production with some serious commentary on jobs, gambling issues and the idea that lives can be separated and combined based on a series of misconceptions or even unread letters written over seven years.
Lorenzo Marchessi – NoHoArtsDistrict
However, the current production is unfortunately very disappointing. It was uninspired from the start. Definitely not up to their usual standards.
Rose Desena – The Los Angeles Post
Paul North’s script is plagued by basic credibility problems.
Neal Weaver – LA Weekly
I am not quite certain if playwright Paul North wrote this play for moral purposes or not. But whatever, I found no feeling for any of the characters in The Gambler’s Daughter nor much interest in how it evolved.
Carol Kaufman Segal – Stagehappenings
It isn’t a grand idea to see any show where a critic is forced to label it as Amateur Night In Dixie. When the elements do not gel (could never), such as a reasonable idea in a still-needs-some-work script, in the hands of an incompetent director and wildly untalented (or at the very least miscast) actors, on a sensible if dull set, using music from the 1950s and ‘60s which do not comment on the action, well……..that’s AMID.
Dale Reynolds – Stagehappenings
THE GAMBLER’S DAUGHTER
The Eclectic Company Theatre
5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays; Ends Feb. 10, 2013
Tickets: $18 (Pay-what-you-can Jan. 13 and Feb. 3; (818) 508-3003
Running time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
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