A TALE OF TWO CITIES

A Noise Within
Pasadena, CA

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This bold, fast-paced adaptation deftly streamlines Dickens’ epic story into a taut political thriller, giving a new sense of urgency to the intertwined fates of two men at the bloody, turbulent end of the French Revolution. Called “startlingly relevant” (Live Theatre UK), Tony-nominee Poulton delivers a rollercoaster ride of romance and adventure that still embodies the rich characterizations and eloquent language of the original novel.

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A TALE OF TWO CITIES: EMBRACING COURAGE

REVIEW: A TALE OF TWO CITIES

BY RYAN M. LUÉVANO

Whether you’ve read Charles Dicken’s epic novel A Tale of Two Cities, or not, you’re likely familiar with the novel’s opening lines: “It was the best of times. . .” and if you’re even more well versed, you may also know the last line too: It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done. . .”. The two famous lines also bookend the new stage adaptation by Mike Poulton that makes its United States premiere at A Noise Within Theatre Company this fall. "

"The condensed nature of this adaptation assumes a base knowledge of the source material—certain characters and dynamics feel a bit skimmed over...Overall, this is an interesting, politically-charged take on a classic story that should entertain both fans of the source material and casual viewers alike."

"Directors Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott keep the action flowing at a good pace and there is a lot of energy in the mob scenes but this script never really delivers its emotional impact. The cast is competent, many playing multiple roles, but this revolution never fully ignites."

"A solid cast enlivens Charles Dickens's epic A Tale of Two Cities at A Noise Within, which is tautly directed by Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, who drive home comparisons between the bedlam in 18th-century Europe and the current political climate."

"At a mere three years of age, Mike Boulton’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Tale Of Two Cities may well be A Noise Within’s youngest play ever. “Classic Theatre, Modern Magic” indeed. I don’t believe I’ve ever loved an A Noise Within production as much as this."

"The source material is a brilliant if sluggish read, a historical fiction that takes place in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. But the epic scope of its setting, themes and characters makes it difficult to pare down and present in a two-and-a-half-hour stage play to any great affect. In fact, the liberal cuts leave the piece neutered."

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