Trip Davis and Jonathan Brooks in “The Misadventures of Rick the Strangler’”at the Electric Lodge. Credit: Brian Peterson.

I recommend this to anyone who doesn’t mind a little blood and a lot of laughs, but especially to young aspiring playwrights and actors. Peterson moves freely in and out of theatrical modes and clichés, commandeering each to serve his purpose. There are two original song and dance numbers, a stage that morphs with ease between four unique locations and a cast able to deliver the subtle nuances of a dramatic realism that only the best comedies reach.
Jon Huffman-Eddy – LifeInLA

The work is Peterson’s first endeavor as playwright and director for a full-length theatrical work, but he certainly knows how to show his audience a good time through a gratifyingly funny, formulaically perfect happy-ending farce and die-hard pet guardianship.
Mia Bonadonna – LAist

More of a frat house skit writ long than a play, the overall effect resembles the crossbred offspring of Tracy Letts’ “Killer Joe” and A.R. Gurney’s “Sylvia” — but this one is strictly the runt of the litter.
Philip Brandes – LA Times

Rick the Strangler is funny enough to entertain you and complex enough to stay on the audience’s mind for days after the play has ended. And though the play is an offbeat misadventure, it’s also an experience well worth the time.
Marianne Zumberge – Daily Trojan

This show is an absolute riot! It is laugh out loud funny and will leave you wanting to see more!!
Angela Imperial – Playwriting in the City

As director, Peterson proves himself an assured executioner of comic timing and quick witted gags. Yet, in his writing, Peterson’s focus on the admittedly glibly clever dialogue inevitably comes at the cost of attention to the plot, which is overly simple, contrived, and unsatisfyingly superficial. A spirit of good fun permeates even the most brutal elements of the play, though, with wonderfully quirky performances offered particularly by Brooks’ appealingly nebbishy hit man, Irina Costa, as Rick’s seemingly delusional hooker girlfriend, and Johnson, as the hilariously creepy mob boss.
Paul Birchall – LA Weekly

Electric Lodge Theater
1416 Electric Avenue
Venice, CA 90291
Playing through February 10, 2013; Fri-Sun, 8pm
Tickets: $25; (800) 838-3006
Running time: 2 hours, 5 minutes

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