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A Saturday Saying Rebuttal

A Saturday Saying Rebuttal

Here was the original Saturday Saying, concerning the presently running production of “All My Sons” at the Matrix. Here’s the rebuttal “saying” sent by a concerned party. “Going into the production I was troubled by the notion of its non-traditional casting – the Kellers are an interracial couple, the Deevers Asian. This is 1947 after [...]

The cast of "All My Sons" at the Matrix Theatre. Credit: Karen Bellone.

ALL MY SONS (MATRIX THEATRE): 96% – SWEET

SWEET Miller’s words deserve a stunning showcase with a firm-handed director, excellent actors, and good all-around production values. Miller’s “All My Sons” gets exactly that in The Matrix Theatre’s current production directed by Cameron Watson with an invitingly detailed backyard set designed by Emmy Award-winning Jon Iacovelli. Gil Kaan – Culture Spot LA SWEET Producer [...]

The "Epps Cocoa" cast of Noel Coward's “Peace In Our Time” at the Deaf West Theatre.  Credit: Geoffrey Wade

PEACE IN OUR TIME (THE ANTAEUS COMPANY): 90% – SWEET

SWEET This handsome production will get an audience – with this many cast members, how could it not – but it especially ought to be seen by young people, and most specifically by those who don’t think they like theater. Disguised as imagined history, like all great art it’s about the future. It’s a very [...]

The cast of "The Robber Bridegroom" at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. Credit:

THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM (INTERNATIONAL CITY THEATRE): 90% – SWEET

SWEET The Disney charade doesn’t fool anyone, however, as the PG-13 content arouses giggles and gasps from the audience. Full of laughter and levity, “The Robber Bridegroom” doesn’t spark much deep emotional catharsis, but it will certainly give you a jolly ol’ time. Sara Itkis – Neon Tommy SWEET If you’re looking for a night [...]

James Lynch in "CarnEvil" at Sacred Fools Theater. Credit: Sacred Fools Theater Company.

CARNEVIL: 75% – BITTERSWEET

SWEET CarnEvil is slow to start in order to set up for what will be an entertaining payoff. The production hits full gear about ten minutes before intermission, making it almost vexing to have to stop. The second half of the show is nothing but action from start to finish with a whirlwind pace that [...]

PRIVATE LIVES (INTERNATIONAL CITY THEATRE): 95% – SWEET

PRIVATE LIVES (INTERNATIONAL CITY THEATRE): 95% – SWEET

SWEET Combining witty dialogue with glamorous flair, flamboyant characters – including the wildly hilarious maid, Louise (Wendy Cutler), who does not make long enough of an appearance – charming sets, and subtly intelligent comedy, Private Lives is well-executed on the stage of the International City Theatre. Parimal M. Rohit – Buzzine SWEET A wonderful cast [...]

Ellen Geer, Graco Hernandez, and Earnestine Phillips in "Rose Cottage" at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. Credit: Ian Flanders.

ROSE COTTAGES (THEATRICUM BOTANICUM): 71% – BITTERSWEET

SWEET There are some funny lines of dialogue sprinkled throughout the play, and Hernandez and Phillips forge a dynamic relationship in their scenes together. All in all, a pleasant, if not really a memorable, evening. Lyle Zimskind – LAist SWEET The cast is solid across the board, with Geer and Phillips winning equal leading lady [...]

Jenny O’Hara, Nick Ullett in "Bakersfield Mist" at the Fountain Theatre.  Credit: Ed Krieger.

BAKERSFIELD MIST: 97% – SWEET

SWEET This is entertainment, not art (despite the fact that Art is at the heart of its theme), but it is entertainment at its simplest and best. There are times when a reviewer sees a play and all he wants to say is, hey folks, just go, take my word for it, you’re going to [...]