Eddie Jones and Matt Fowler in “Benched” at the Avery Schreiber Theatre. Credit: Alan Naggar.

It is one that is worth seeing on your own, not only for the play itself, but for the two superb actors who bring empathy, humor, and warmth to their roles.
Carol Kaufman Segal – Reviewplays

You will enjoy this play, and have another fun evening in the NoHo Arts District.
Cathy Wayne – NoHoArtsDistrict

If you want to see a play about the redemptive power of the human spirit rush don’t walk to the Los Angeles premiere of Richard Broadhurst’s Benched presented by The Interact Theatre Company at Avery Schreiber Theatre through March 24 in the NoHo Arts District.
Radomir Luza – North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch

Richard Broadhurst’s play about a depressed elderly man rescued from the brink of suicide by a solicitous angel of death strives to be wise and poignant but comes off as sappy and conventional.
Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Just before the show begins, Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind” begins to play. It sets the mood perfectly and you’re ready to be entertained. Soon enough though, you begin wishing you were “Movin’ Out.”
Tom Chaits – Stage and Cinema

Directed by the highly respected Anita Khanzadian with heartfelt emotion, on an effective set by Joel Daavid, I will not soon forget this quartet of heartfelt portrayals.
Pat Taylor – Tolucan Times

Richard Broadhurst has written a very enjoyable play. It’s a long one act broken into two parts, probably because concessions is a part of keeping the theatre a thriving entity. Still, I enjoyed the night, the play, and the actors in the play.
Joe Straw – Joe Straw #9

If you want to see a good show with sharp writing and great performances by two gifted actors, see Benched, playing now through March 24th at the Avery Schreiber Theatre.
Brett Chapin – Thespian Thoughts

The Interact Theatre Company
At the Avery Schreiber Theatre
11050 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 3 PM; through March 24, 2013
Tickets: $20-$25; (818) 765-8732

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  1. SR says:

    This was one of the worst plays I’ve ever seen. We figured out the plot in the first 10 minutes. The dialogue was incredibly trite; the characters even poke fun at each other for speaking in cliches! The characters weren’t complex or engaging. The acting was great, but the script was so bad that even fantastic acting couldn’t salvage the play.

  2. Andrea Weaver says:

    I enjoyed this play. It made me smile. Excellent acting and a nice night out.

  3. Matt Fowler says:

    I liked it, but I’m in it so… probably not the best judge. Come see for yourself! :)