I’LL BE BACK BEFORE MIDNIGHT (COLONY THEATRE): 96% – SWEET

The cast of “I’ll Be Back Before Midnight” at the Colony Theatre. Credit: Michael Lamont.

SWEET
I’ll Be Back Before Midnight is an isolated-country-house thriller with more sudden jolts than actual surprises. You’ve seen Gaslight? Think of it as taking place in the ‘70s in Canada, and you get a good idea of what transpires.
Don Shirley – LA Stage Times

SWEET
Think of Deathtrap, Sleuth and others in that genre, and it’s a pretty darn good match with enough plot twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat. Now at the Colony through March 3 …Midnight boasts taut direction and a fine cast.
Don Grigware – Grigware Reviews

SWEET
There’s something scratching at the window behind those dusty draperies, and finding out what horror lurks outside is all part of this flawed but entertaining production’s fun.
F. Kathleen Foley – LA Times

SWEET
In its Los Angeles premiere production at the Colony theatre, it is perfectly executed. This is a show that won’t leave you debating about anything in the car on the way home, but it will leave you smiling, feeling solidly entertained.
Sharon Perlmutter – Talkin’ Broadway

BITTERSWEET
The actors are strong and have done good work around town, but their talents and Colley and David Rose’s direction aren’t enough to disguise the holes in the writing.
Mayank Keshaviah – LA Weekly

SWEET
It is this delicious mixture of camp and mayhem that keeps an audience on the edge of its seat, and incidentally, wide-awake. Co-director Colley (with Colony stalwart, David Rose), knows exactly how to make it work to be best effect, and he is helped by the Colony’s superlative production designers to replicate that dark and stormy night.
Leigh Kennicott – Stagehappenings

SWEET
This thrill ride of a play will have you screaming in laughter one moment and screaming in terror the next.
Greg Simay – Burbank N Beyond

SWEET
Take it from this reviewer. You’ll laugh. You’ll scream. You’ll have a ghostly, ghastly good time.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA

SWEET
If your idea of a good time is to raise a few goose bumps and feel the hair at the back of your neck rise up, you’ll have fun at this thriller.
Ingrid Wilmot – Will Call

SWEET
If you’re not screaming with fear, you’re screaming with laughter.
Leila Lee Dougan – Neon Tommy

SWEET
Directed by Colley and David Rose, the play, copiously produced in Canada and elsewhere, telegraphs too much in the “Gaslight” vein for a mood of sustained suspense, but there are genuine surprises and nerve-jangling jolts that it wouldn’t be fair to reveal, the capable actors deliver, and a few final dark twists ensure that the ending won’t be quite as expected.
Lynne Heffley – The Burbank Leader

SWEET
Scary, yes, you may jump in your seat more than once, but the entire production is worth it as an awesome cast keeps you on the edge of your seat when you are not jumping!
Carol Kaufman Segal – Stagehappenings

SWEET
Go see it, you’ll be at the edge of your seats while having a blast.
Daniel Faigin – Observations Along the Road

I’LL BE BACK BEFORE MIDNIGHT
Colony Theatre
555 N. Third Street, Burbank
Thu-Fri 8 pm, Sat 3 and 8 pm, Sun 2 pm
EXTENDED THROUGH MARCH 17, 2013
Tickets: $20-$42; (818) 558-7000 x 15
Running time: 2 hours

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