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THE GREAT DIVIDE at the Lillian Theatre

Photo by Bren Coombs

Photo by Bren Coombs

Paul Birchall  – Stage Raw

On a most straightforward level, playwright Lyle Kessler’s new dramedy is about the fractious relationship between two sons and their irascible, judgmental, curmudgeonly dad. However, Kessler’s work is concerned not merely with a family’s brawls, confrontations, and rage — as it appears on the surface. Read more…

Neal Weaver  – Arts In LA 

Playwright Lyle Kessler (Orphans) once said, while addressing the Playwrights Unit at The Actors Studio West where he was moderator, “I want to see blood and semen on the floor.”  Read more…

Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

In Lyle Kessler’s The Great Divide, director David Fofi’s final production before departing the Elephant Stages, a father and two sons enmeshed in a lifetime of resentment and abuse replay their rancor in the presence of a one-armed psychopath and his sister.  Read more…

Now running through August 29.

UNORGANIZED CRIME at the Lillian Theatre


Photo by Daniel Reichert

Bob Verini -  Variety

Stars are called stars because they shine brighter than anyone else. Every time Chazz Palminteri sashays into “Unorganized Crime” as Gotham mob scion Sal Sicuso, cool and sardonic, seething with banked menace, you can’t take your eyes off him. It’s a supporting role, but he’s more than enough reason to travel to Hollywood’s Lillian Theater for Kenny D’Aquila’s messy, indifferently wrought but generally enjoyable comedy-drama in a Tarantino vein. Read more…

Myron Meisel – The Hollywood Reporter

There have been so many variations wrought on the dynamics of the criminal family (particularly that of the Italian persuasion), that squeezing new insights or even fresh thrills out of the genre can require a sacral formalism not so far in function from a Noh drama.

Unorganized Crime finds some originality and a great deal of tanginess from its fleet depiction of the surprise reunion of two brothers… Read more…

Deborah Klugman – Stage Raw

In the opening sequence of Kenny D’Aquila’s gangster comedy, directed by David Fofi, Gino (D’Aquila), a frustrated waiter, arrives home from work at his rumpled rundown apartment (an apt set by designer Joel Daavid). He dons an apron and proceeds to the dining room table. Read more…

Margaret Gray – LA Times

For anybody still suffering from “Sopranos” withdrawal after all these years, Kenny D’Aquila’s “Unorganized Crime” at the Elephant Theatre is a good place to turn to for a quick mob-family-melodrama fix. Read more…

Neal Weaver  – ArtsInLA

The murderous Sicuso crime family in this dark comedy by Kenny D’Aquila make the Corleone clan seem like pillars of domestic peace and tranquility: at least the Corleones kept their murderous activities outside the home. But with the Sicusos, it seems, home is where the hits happen.   Read more…
Now running through May 31.