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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

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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.

MACBETH at A Noise Within

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Photo by Craig Schwartz

David C. Nichols – LA Times

Fair is foul and foul is fair in “Macbeth” at A Noise Within. William Shakespeare’s Scottish tragedy of lethal ambition receives an emphatically respectable albeit uneven production.   Read more…

Now running through May 11.

TARTUFFE at A Noise Within

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Don Shirley – LA Observed

Con artistry requires the ability to get the victims to suspend disbelief – the same quality that theatrical artistry usually requires of audiences.  Read more…

 

David C. Nichols – LA Times

“Tartuffe” returns to A Noise Within’s repertoire after 22 years, and it proves worth the wait. Molière’s deathless assault on religious hypocrisy could hardly be more pertinent at present, which gives Julia Rodriguez-Elliott’s elegantly quirky staging an extra soupçon of satirical thrust.  Read more…

Now running in rep through May 24.

Eurydice, A Noise Within

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Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl.

 

Pauline Adamek – LA Weekly

Playwright Sarah Ruhl’s melancholy and slightly surreal drama is a whimsical and updated take on the classic Greek myth of Orpheus, the divinely inspired musician who defied nature and descended into Hades to retrieve his slain wife. This exciting modern interpretation grants the tale of enduring love a more recent setting as well as shifting the emphasis (and ultimate blame) throughout the story from Orpheus (an impassioned, romantic Graham Sibley) more squarely onto Euridyce (a beautiful naïf, Jules Wilcox). Read more…

 

 

The Doctor’s Dilemma, A Noise Within

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The Doctor’s Dilemma by George Bernard Shaw.

 

Pauline Adamek – LA Weekly

George Bernard Shaw’s turn-of-the-century play is a platform for his diatribe against doctors. Shaw’s passionate distrust and satirical takedown of the medical profession is wrapped up in a slightly dull, five-act drama that’s enlivened by mildly comedic undercurrents and interesting discussions on contemporary morality. Read more…