Posts Tagged ‘The Group Rep’

DIAL “M” FOR MURDER

The Group Rep starts the summer off with a stylishly directed, classily designed, mostly quite well-cast revival of Frederick Knott’s classic 1952 thriller Dial “M” For Murder.
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WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

A couple of miscast lead roles undermine credibility throughout what would otherwise be a satisfactory production of Agatha Christie’s Witness For The Prosecution at The Group Rep.
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THE ARMADILLO NECKTIE

From the moment the lights go up on a mobile command center somewhere in the Iraqi desert where a hooded man finds himself strapped to a chair, a pair of jumper cables attached to his nuts by a military officer whose first words are “Whatsup, mothafucka?” you know you’re no longer at your grandparents’ Lonny Chapman Theatre as The Group Rep debuts Gus Krieger’s outrageously dark, outrageously foul-mouthed, outrageously funny The Armadillo Necktie.
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ANOTHER ANTIGONE

RECOMMENDED

A.R. Gurney’s smartly comic look at university life (and the Greek classics) circa the late 1980s gets a welcome if imperfect revival at The Group Rep, one that could benefit from a more assured directorial vision and a more credible female lead performance.
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THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’

1960s blue-eyed soul lives again in That Lovin’ Feelin’, a Twin Cities dinner theater hit now being given a West Coast Premiere that transcends James A. Zimmerman’s rather by-the-number script thanks largely to the thrilling musical performances of Morgan Lauff as Bill Medley and Brenden MacDonald as Bobby Hatfield, aka The Righteous Brothers.
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LOMBARDI

Vince Lombardi—coach, husband, father, man—comes to emotionally resonant life in Lombardi, Eric Simonson’s powerful 2010 Broadway biodrama whose terrific West Coast Premiere at North Hollywood’s The Group Rep might turn even sports-hating theatergoers into football buffs. It certainly made a Lombardi fan out of me.
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MOM’S GIFT


A ghost who can be seen by only a single living soul. An angel who must accomplish a mission before being given his or her wings. Playwright Phil Olson merges two tried-and-true genres to give L.A. audiences his latest, Mom’s Gift, a sort of Topper-meets-It’s A Wonderful Life dramedy that proves a crowd-pleaser in its World Premiere engagement for The Group Rep at North Hollywood’s Lonny Chapman Theatre.
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