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Billy & Ray, Falcon Theatre

Photo by Chelsea Sutton.

Photo by Chelsea Sutton.


Billy & Ray by Mike Bencivenga.


Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

Boasting a superb clowny performance by Kevin Blake as Hollywood filmmaker Billy Wilder, Billy & Ray 
is a light comedy about the making of the groundbreaking motion picture Double Indemnity. Mike Bencivenga’s enjoyable new play is currently running at the Falcon Theatre in Toluca Lake. A producer at Paramount Studios, Joseph Sistrom (Anthony Starke), has just purchased to rights to James M. Cain’s sordid novella Double Indemnity, based on a sensational real-life murder case from 1927. He’s desperate to oversee the making of a hit movie, or risk losing his job. But the studio needs to pass the stringent codes imposed by the Hays Office censors… No sex, no depiction or murder or violence and no dead bodies. A pretty tall order for a slice of crime ‘fiction…’ With its chiaroscuro lighting and tough dialogue, Double Indemnity went on to become the benchmark against which all subsequent film noir movies were compared.   Read more…



The Grönholm Method, Baby Tiger Productions at the Falcon Theatre

Photo by Chelsea Sutton.


The Gronholm Method by Jordi Galcerán Ferrer. Translation by Anne Garcia-Romero and Mark St. Germain.


Sharon Perlmutter -

I was surprised to learn that The Grönholm Method was originally written in 2003; I would have guessed it came out of the “Greed is Good” late 1980s. Indeed, whenever this tale of a job interview from hell mentions Occupy Wall Street or any other recent event, the reference jumps out as awkward and out of place. The program tells us the action takes place in “the present,” but I just can’t believe that any corporation, in the context of a global recession, would put in the time and effort necessary to conduct the complex investigation into its job candidates’ personal and professional histories necessary to pull off this type of psychoanalytical pressure cooker of an interview.  Read more…


Bob Verini - Variety

Theaters hoping for another God of Carnage – another smart European four-hander Americanized for maximum comic impact – will find their grail in Jordi Galceran Ferrer’s The Grönholm Method, an absolutely smashing satire of corporate gamesmanship which (especially these days) hits audiences right where they live: in their livelihood. Although this riveting piece is going to have a long, long life, local auds might as well get in on the ground floor with BT McNicholl’s beautifully staged U.S. premiere at Burbank’s Falcon.  Read more…


Pauline Adamek – ArtsBeatLA

I’ve been struggling to find a tasteful way to describe Jordi Galcerán Ferrer’s fine play that is currently running at the Falcon Theatre in Toluca Lake, but I can’t seem to come up with a better term than ‘mind-fuck.’  Read more…