DOCTOR, DOCTOR: 57% – BITTERSWEET

Claudia Zielke & Cody Bushee in “Doctor, Doctor” at Stages of Gray Theatre. Credit: Randall Gray.

SWEET
Attend this show if you like to sing along numbers like “Your Eyes,” which Dr. Easton (DJ Driskill) does nicely with his pop/rock-ish voice, and if you would like the chance to serve as an extra for the spooky, yet entertaining, behavior of Dr. Cook (Jon Christie).
Dena Burroughs – LA Examiner

BITTER
Frankly, Randall Gray should be ashamed of himself. The night I saw it, he was often the only person laughing, or the one laughing the loudest. It bodes poorly for this company’s future. His concept is poorly executed, and the show ends up as a triple threat: his cast (for the most part) can’t sing, can’t act and have no script worth trying to follow. On the second night he was already begging his audience to stay past intermission (which hits 90 minutes in). Take the hint.
Frances Baum Nicholson – The Stage Struck Review

BITTER
The mostly young and dedicated cast give their all to overcome inept script and direction. But ultimately it’s just bad community theater.
Neal Weaver – LA Weekly

BITTER
The cast was endearing and featured some solid performances (Claudia Zielke was particularly fun). Unfortunately, the romantic sub plots were fragmented and unbelievable and the eclectic mix of pop music numbers rarely seemed to fit with the storylines. It didn’t help matters that the pacing of the first act was glacially slow and had a false ending at intermission.
Elyse Cook – Stagehappenings

SWEET
The show’s easy-breezy atmosphere, strong cast performances, unforgettable characters and heartfelt story make for a theatrical experience that shouldn’t be missed.
Valerie Yu – Daily Trojan

BITTERSWEET
Although the first act tends to be a quagmire of popular songs performed too frequently by some females with less than superlative vocal instruments, the segment is saved by the comedic wit of brilliant actor Jon Christie, whose expert improvisational mugging in the role of a deranged dentist is suggestive of the melodramatic countenance of a young Jim Carrey.
Sharon Raiford Bush – LA Examiner

SWEET
In this very entertaining and wonderfully romantic comedy the audience gets to view an inaugural performance originally written in 1991.
Sarah Fasha – LASplash

SWEET
The amount of fun the cast has with this play is absolutely infectious; at times there are eight actors filling the small stage and all interacting and singing beautifully. The choreography is consistently impressive throughout, especially during the rendition of Randy Bachman’s “Takin’ Care of Business.”
Jon Huffman-Eddy – LifeInLA

DOCTOR, DOCTOR
Stages of Gray Theatre
299 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena, CA 91107
February 1 – March 24, 2013; Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 1p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets: $30 general, $27 seniors and military personnel; (866) 811-4111
Running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

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