Non-Registered Critics: Radomir Vojtech Luza

Feb

IN MY MIND'S EYE

All in all, “In My Mind’s Eye” succeeds because of its otherworldly, ethereal meteor shower  of a presence, not despite it. The play is a riveting, rewarding and radiant example of a woman’s bravery and dedication in the face of sure failure and severe bullying.

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Jan

A TWISTED CHRISTMAS CAROL

All in all, “A Twisted Christmas Carol” succeeds like cowboys, cactus, humidity and football in Texas because of, not despite, its extremely funny and intelligent writing.

The chemistry between the actors, talented eye of the director and raw and naked language of the playwright create an inspiring, illuminating and enlightening evening of exhilaration and exclamation of an highly unusual American portrait.

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Dec

THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER

In a world mired in sadness, suffering and hypocrisy, this play rises above the partisan bellyaching and caterwauling to confront social, political and personal demons equally with a mix of vinegar and wine, salt and pepper and radish and radiance. In so doing, this finally-tuned and well-paced vehicle never manages to forget its primary goal: to entertain and amuse.

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Oct

BARRYMORE

This play should be standard viewing for anyone interested in a career in acting.
The production is a love song to theatre and film and the performing that ties them together.

If Barrymore was a victim of his own self-destructive tendencies, then the play is also a robust warning that love for something is not enough if there are vices in the way.

The Group Repertory Theatre is one of the few theatre companies in the city that can produce and create a piece of art as raw, naked and nimble as this show.

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Oct

George A. Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

In the end, “Night of the Living Dead” succeeds because of, not despite, its power as a new theatrical adaptation.

The marriage of Romero and Krieger not only has horror fans everywhere excited, but theatregoers not familiar with the genre.

Both should be happily surprised and contented with the final product.

The Halloween treat proves once and for all that The Group Repertory Theatre is not afraid of bold risks and sharp turns.

Under the steadying influence of Co-Artistic Directors Larry Eisenberg and Winfield, who are both stepping down at the end of the year after nine miraculous years of service,  the ensemble has proven that it can produce and cast shows as different, experimental and edgy as this one without a second thought.

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Aug

OTHERWISE ENGAGED

All in all, “Otherwise Engaged” succeeds because of, not despite, its embodiment of the time and place it is set.This play is no mere small time dark comedy. It is a testament to the sex-fueled, materialistic, me first decade that was the 1970’s.
It soars and falls with a new generation at that point in time. Few other plays embrace their circumstances more vividly, realistically or dramatically.

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Aug

LOOSE KNIT

Esquerra is a brilliant director who understands that art is a reflection of life, but that that angle of refrain depends on how heightened the reality is. The veteran stage director simply sees and does what very few other directors can or ever will. Esquerra assembles a deeply gifted cast that comprehends the complex and creative patterns and undertones of the playwright’s work.

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Jun

The Notorious M.O.MS

The veteran stage and screen actress, modern dancer and choreographer here enchants, illuminates and educates us, the audience, as to the rejuvenative and restorative powers of humor and love.

This critic hopes to see Saunders on the stages of Hollywood and Los Angeles again very soon.

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Jun

NINE WINNING ONE-ACTS

Not one of the one-acts disappoints or abandons its purpose and duty as a work of art.
They are all staged with presence, class and skill.
For the third time, kudos also go out to co-artistic directors Larry Eisenberg and Chris Winfield for taking a chance on these virtually unknown playwrights.

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Jun

AVENUE Q

The singing and puppetry are top notch and rip a hole in the heart the size of the sun.

In the end, if it is music and songs you have come to this theatre for, you have arrived at exactly the correct destination.

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May

Standing On My Knees

The play touches on the harrowing trip many mental patients must make back to a sort of sobriety or sanity, and it does it with a sense of possibility and pride.

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Apr

LET ME HEAR YOU WHISPER & THE STRANGEST KIND OF ROMANCE

All in all, on the sold-out second performance of the run when this critic saw the shows, the One-Act plays, “Let Me Hear You Whisper” and “The Strangest Kind of Romance” succeed because of, not despite, their
significance and pro-human messages.

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Apr

THE SECRET OF CHIMNEYS

...“The Secret of Chimneys” succeeds because of, not despite, its downright naked humanity. Say what you will about the plot or story, the writing, direction and performances make for a inspiring, enlightening and educational evening that is all Christie and nothing but.

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Mar

Tuesdays with Morrie

Hatcher and Albom are truly gifted playwrights with a reason, rhythm and rhyme in their footsteps.

They feed us, the audience, the universe in small doses while growing the characters and expanding their repertoire to include intellectual and comical
flights of fancy and sincere, seamless and soaring poetry.

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Feb

WHOOPSIE-DOOPSIE!

If you are interested in a charming, comic tale of two young people at a crossroads in their relationship and lives, run do not walk to The Group Repertory Theatre's production of

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Feb

"LAUNDRY AND BOURBON" and "LONE STAR"

This soul spill has placed the GRT in the upper echelon of theatre companies in Los Angeles, and, more importantly, made for a richer and more vibrant artistic and theatrical climate and environment for company members and audiences alike to thrive.

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Nov

A CAROL CHRISTMAS

The writer, lyricist/director, musical director, choreographer, actors and crew that put this piece together are nothing less than magical in their creativity, wry sense of humor and fluid energy.

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Nov

Anatomy of a Hug

The playwright, director, actors and crew have come together to give us a rare glimpse into two very different lives, and in so doing, changed the landscape of American theatre forever. That window, and this choice of play, also show that Collaborative Artists Ensemble remains one of the boldest, most talented and open theatre companies, not only in Los Angeles, but anywhere. Kudos and more to all involved.

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