RUBY WAX: OUT OF HER MIND (BROAD STAGE): 67% – BITTERSWEET

Ruby Wax in “Ruby Wax: Out of Her Mind” at the Broad’s The Edye Second Space. Credit: Lauren Chelsea.

SWEET
Yes, Freud is the father of modern psychology, but Wax’s warm, disarming approach is entertaining and cathartic enough that she may eventually require the bigger stage.
Margaret Gray – LA Times

BITTER
Largely a showcase for Ms. Wax’s stand-up stylings, the show is hampered equally by weak writing (obvious jokes, lack of structure), self-congratulatory delivery, and absence of apparent direction – no programs were available at opening night, and no director credited on the projected pre-show supertitles over Ms. Wax’s head.
Jason Rohrer – Stage and Cinema

SWEET
Tackling a topic such as mental illness onstage, particularly one’s own, can be risky business: There’s the danger of descending into mawkishness, or overcompensating with such hilarity that emotional honesty gets blurred. Ruby Wax’s one-woman show sails past these dangers with only minor wobbles.
Jenny Lower – LA Weekly

RUBY WAX: OUT OF HER MIND
The Edye at the Broad Stage
1310 11th St., Santa Monica
7 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
Ends Feb. 3, 2013
Tickets: $40 and $50; (310) 434-3200
Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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