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THE IMAGINARY INVALID at A Noise Within

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Jonas Schwartz -  TheaterMania

During its 25th anniversary season, A Noise Within revives Molière’s madcap play The Imaginary Invalid after first performing it in 2001, but this time with Constance Congdon’s 2007 adaptation. Zany as a Marx Brothers movie, the farce delves into hypochondria and the perversity of the patriarchy. Though some of the modern speech in Congdon’s text is too clever by half, this production captures Molière’s irreverent flavor. Read more…

 

YOU NEVER CAN TELL at A Noise Within

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Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

George Bernard Shaw’s’s turn of the 20th century rom-com, had a rocky start. Set to debut in 1897, it failed to make it to the stage that year, as actors struggled with the material and one leading lady quit, complaining the comedy had neither enough laughs nor enough exits. Not until 8 years later, in 1905, after Shaw had had it published in an anthology, did the piece have its first full run. Read more…

David C. Nichols – LA Times

This family is no place for a father.” It’s an emphatic statement of the sober argument that lies at the larky heart of “You Never Can Tell” at A Noise Within theater in Pasadena.    Read more…

Melinda Schupmann – Arts In LA

In his early career, George Bernard Shaw wrote two sets of plays that he labeled Plays Unpleasant (Widower’s Houses, The Philanderer, Mrs. Warren’s Profession ) and Plays Pleasant (Arms and the Man, Candida, You Never Can Tell). Read more…

Now running through May 15

 

 

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL at A Noise Within

 

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Photo by Craig Schwartz

David C. Nichols – LA Times

Christmas Carol” is upon us, and its winning A Noise Within production is a keeper.

Amid worthy area stagings of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic about miserly Ebenezer Scrooge’s Christmas Eve journey to redemption, this deftly performed, meta-theatrical edition stands out for fidelity to text, witty stagecraft and heartfelt embrace of message. Read more…

ALL MY SONS at A Noise Within

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

As in Death of a Salesman, his 1949 Pulitzer Prize winner (and my personal favorite) Arthur Miller’s All My Sons looks at an American family in crisis and weaves their story into a broader vision of a morally bankrupt culture. Read more…

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

Arthur Miller’s powerful 1947 family drama has aged surprisingly well, with its message of capitalist greed and personal hypocrisy ululating strongly through the many years since its first production.  There are different ways of watching the drama:  The first time you see All My Sons, you’ll probably follow the narrative in real time, as the horror unfolds and the sorrows escalate. Read more…

Now running through November 21.

ANTIGONE at A Noise Within

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Photo by Craig Sschwartz

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

…it is piquantly paradoxical that such a determined ironist as Jean Anouilh (Becket, Waltz of the Toreadors, The Lark), the most commercially and critically successful French playwright internationally immediately following the Second World War, now can be seen to exemplify some of the pitfalls of logical colloquy. Read more…

Now running through November 20.

 

A FLEA IN HER EAR at A Noise Within

Photo by Craig Schwartz

Photo by Craig Schwartz

 Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

… on to Georges Feydeau, a ubiquitous influence as the prime shaper of boulevard farce to the percussive opening and closing of doors, less often seen in actual performance stateside.   Read more…

David C. Nichols – LA Times

Farce is a tricky thing to sustain, especially sex farce. Too much lewdness risks vulgarity, over-restraint loses the fizz.

No such issues afflict “A Flea in Her Ear” at A Noise Within. In its Southern California regional premiere, playwright David Ives’ wittily risqué 1950s update of Georges Feydeau’s farcical classic, the grand-père of them all, strikes precisely the right notes.   Read more…

Now running in rep through November 22.

JULIUS CAESAR at A Noise Within

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Photo by Craig Schwartz

Margaret Gray – LA Times

A Noise Within’s new production of “Julius Caesar” has plenty of style. Or rather, plenty of styles: bold but random design elements that compete for attention with the substance.

Now running through May 8.

 

FIGARO at A Noise Within

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Photo by Craig Schwartz

David C. Nichols – LA Times

Eighteenth century subversion meets Larry David lunacy in “Figaro” at A Noise Within. Ingenuity permeates this buoyant adaptation of Beaumarchais’ classic account of one crazy day at the Almavivas’, circa 1784 or 2015, take your pick. Read more…

Now running through May 10.

 

THE THREEPENNY OPERA at A NOISE WITHIN

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Sharon Perlmutter  -  Talkin’ Broadway

There are two things that doom A Noise Within’s production of The Threepenny Opera. The first is enunciation. The cast seems so concerned with keeping up their British accents throughout the proceedings, they don’t go a good job actually putting the dialogue and lyrics across. At intermission and after the show, the most common comment I overheard was that the audience could not make out the words that were being said. Read more…

Hoyt Hilsman  -  Huffington Post

A Noise Within, one of the nation’s premier classical repertory companies, has mounted an ambitious, if somewhat tame, revival of the Brecht/Weill classic. With a solid ensemble cast under the direction of Artistic Directors Geoff Elliot and Julia Rodriguez-Elliot, the company mounts a faithful and spirited rendition of the timeless Threepenny Opera. Read more…

 

THE DANCE OF DEATH at A Noise Within

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Photo by Craig Schwartz

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

Reviewers and scholars invariably describe Strindberg’s The Dance of Death as depicting a miserable marriage between a dissolute army captain and his bored, embittered wife. The characters are frequently remarked upon as prototypes for Edward Albee’s George and Martha.   Read more…

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Now running through  November 22.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at A Noise Within

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David C. Nichols – LA Times

The unparalleled sardonic wit of Oscar Wilde sustains “The Importance of Being Earnest” at A Noise Within, where it will doubtless be a crowd-pleasing hit, despite (or because of) its distinct idiosyncrasies, and therein hangs a conundrum. Read more…

Now running through Nov.22.

TARTUFFE at A Noise Within

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Bob Verini -   Arts In LA

For Tartuffe to achieve maximum comic, emotional, and thematic impact, the privileged Orgon must serve as the central figure. He must be a misanthrope (a type not unknown to Molière) well and truly disgusted with the world’s vanities as typified by his frivolous, feckless family. Orgon’s profound despair explains his retreat into excessive piety, and it’s what renders him vulnerable to the spell of a seemingly holy visionary. Read more…

Now running through May 24.