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LEND ME A TENOR at Actors Co-op

Photo by Lindsay Schnebly

Photo by Lindsay Schnebly

Neal Weaver  – ArtsInLA

The central character in Ken Ludwig’s farce is famous Italian tenor Tito Merelli (Floyd Vanbuskirk), who’s scheduled to appear in the title role in Verdi’s Otello for the Cleveland Opera Company. But Tito is well-known for his heavy drinking, womanizing, and general troublemaking. On the day of the performance, Tito has overindulged at lunch and is at loggerheads with his fiery and tempestuous wife, Maria (Gina D’Acciaro).   Read more…

Now running through May 4.

GOING TO ST. IVES at the Crossley Theatre at Actors Co-op

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Photo by Lindsay Schnebly

Neal Weaver  – ArtsInLA

Lee Blessing’s taut and subtle two-character drama proves that a play with a small cast can deal with large issues. Cora Gage (Nan McNamara) is a British ophthalmologist, living in St. Ives, who is approached for treatment by May N’Kame (Inger Tudor), the empress of an unidentified African nation and the mother of its bloody, ruthless emperor/dictator. Gage’s liberal principles rebel at the idea of helping a member of a murderous and unscrupulous family, but she hopes that by agreeing to perform surgery on the empress, she can save the lives of four doctors the corrupt and vicious emperor has—presumably unjustly—sentenced to death.
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Now running through March 16.

DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE at the Actors Co-Op David Schall Theatre

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Bob Verini -   ArtsInLA

 With two weekends to go until Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde vacates Actors Co-op in Hollywood, those who enjoy horror stories brought to the stage don’t have many chances to take it in. But they should make the effort. An ensemble of six sports fine accents and great versatility in bringing to life Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson novella.
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Now running through November 17.

The Miracle Worker, Crossley Theater at Actors Co-op

Lindsa Schnebly

Lindsa Schnebly

 

 

The Miracle Worker by William Gibson.

 

Neal Weaver – LA Weekly

There’s always a danger of toppling into sentimentality when retelling a story as uplifting and inspirational as the saga of blind, deaf and dumb Helen Keller and her tough, determined teacher, Annie Sullivan. Playwright William Gibson avoids that pitfall by emphasizing the humor in the situation, the stubborn cantankerousness of Sullivan (Tara Battani) and the animal desperation of the child Helen (Danielle Soibelman). These actors bring visceral intensity to the battle of wits and will that erupts when Sullivan attempts to civilize the wild child, culminating in the ferocious battle over the breakfast table.
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