ANNA KARENINA

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Actors Co-op presents ANNA KARENINA by Helen Edmundson, adapted from the novel by Leo Tolstoy, directed by Heather Chesley, produced by Kay Bess, an upside-down telling of Tolstoy’s classic tale; a story wrapped in temptation, passion and moral conflict, this eight-person dramatic event is a fast-paced examination of love, adultery and marriage. February 8 – March 17. Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm. Sunday Matinees at 2:30 pm. Saturday Matinees February 16 and February 23 at 2:30 pm. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Adults: $35, Seniors (60+) $30, Students with ID: $25.00. Group rates available. For tickets please visit www.ActorsCo-op.org or call (323) 462-8460. Actors Co-op Crossley Theatre, 1760 North Gower St. (on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood) in Hollywood.

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"Director Heather Chesley has her hands full with this massive and often convoluted story. The ensemble cast does its best to keep the characters straight and the story trackable. Perhaps the intrinsic difficulties in bringing Tolstoy to the stage have something to do with the limited number of ANNA KARENINA productions. In any case, the current presentation is a noble effort to let the audience share in Tolstoy’s bounty. As such, it is well worth an evening in the theater."

sweet - Elaine Mura - LA Splash - ...read full review


"Director Heather Chesley manages a yeoman’s job not only with her coaching of some notable dramatic work from this ensemble, but her creative vision also deserves praise (and she excels as a traffic cop, too)."

sweet - Bill Reese - Table to Stage - ...read full review


"The cast are superb. Eva Abramian’s headstrong Anna is a torment to her husband Bruce Ladd; Lauren Thompson is a devoted wife betrayed by her husband Michael Worden; Ivy Beech is a proud girl challenging her conventional husband Joseph Barone, while Deborah Marlowe and Garrett Botts are impressive in multiple roles. Directed with style and piercing dramatic intensity by Heather Chesley."

sweet - Morna Martell - Theatre Spoken Here - ...read full review


"The Actor's Co-Op's revival of Helen Edmundson's adaptation of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina is long on possessive apostrophes but short on balance, and its handling of inequitable societal norms feels less progressive than the source material."

sweet-sour - Stana Milanovich - Discover Hollywood - ...read full review


Rob Stevens
"The talented ensemble of six play many and varied characters over Anna Karenina’s two-and-a-half hours but Abramian and Barone hold the center stage with their performances."

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


David MacDowell Blue
"Great art does not usually offer answers.  Tolstoy's novel certainly does not, but rather asks profound questions and does not allow any easy answers.  Such was my experience watching this adaptation, which left me deeply moved and haunted by these people, all of them, and I ponder their choices.  Their tragedies.  And their victories.  For that the script and cast and director Heather Chesley deserve a lot of credit."

sweet - David MacDowell Blue - Knight Tinted Glasses - ...read full review


Patrick Chavis
"Anna Karenina at the Actors Coop takes on difficult material and succeeds in showing us a beautiful interpretation of the literature."

sweet - Patrick Chavis - LA Theatre Bites - ...read full review


"There’s a lot of good work in this production, and that’s to be applauded. Regrettably, the elements that don’t quite come together keep this Anna Karenina from being completely successful."

sweet-sour - Terry Morgan - Stage Raw - ...read full review


"For me — and I’ll emphasize that this is my opinion — the story just didn’t grab me. I really can’t get into a complex tale of infidelity, shifting affairs, Russian societal position, and a fair amount of depression and lack of self worth. It just wasn’t my thing, but I’ll emphasize that’s why we subscribe to theatres: it brings us to shows we might not normally seek out on our own. But that also brings the risk that we might not like everything we see. But just because I didn’t get into the story doesn’t mean I didn’t like the performances. Chesley brought out great performances in her acting team, and they were believable as their characters. This is especially true for the two leads: Eva Abramian (FB) as Anna Karenina and Joseph Barone (FB) as Constantine “Kostya” Levin. The two had good chemistry together and were fun to watch."

sweet-sour - Daniel Faigin - Observations Along the Road - ...read full review


"Director Heather Chesley has her hands full with this massive and often convoluted story. The ensemble cast does its best to keep the characters straight and the story trackable. Perhaps the intrinsic difficulties in bringing Tolstoy to the stage have something to do with the limited number of ANNA KARENINA productions. In any case, the current presentation is a noble effort to let the audience share in Tolstoy’s bounty. As such, it is well worth an evening in the theater."

sweet - Elaine Mura - LA Splash - ...read full review


"Director Heather Chesley manages a yeoman’s job not only with her coaching of some notable dramatic work from this ensemble, but her creative vision also deserves praise (and she excels as a traffic cop, too)."

sweet - Bill Reese - Table to Stage - ...read full review


"The cast are superb. Eva Abramian’s headstrong Anna is a torment to her husband Bruce Ladd; Lauren Thompson is a devoted wife betrayed by her husband Michael Worden; Ivy Beech is a proud girl challenging her conventional husband Joseph Barone, while Deborah Marlowe and Garrett Botts are impressive in multiple roles. Directed with style and piercing dramatic intensity by Heather Chesley."

sweet - Morna Martell - Theatre Spoken Here - ...read full review


"The Actor's Co-Op's revival of Helen Edmundson's adaptation of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina is long on possessive apostrophes but short on balance, and its handling of inequitable societal norms feels less progressive than the source material."

sweet-sour - Stana Milanovich - Discover Hollywood - ...read full review


Rob Stevens
"The talented ensemble of six play many and varied characters over Anna Karenina’s two-and-a-half hours but Abramian and Barone hold the center stage with their performances."

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


David MacDowell Blue
"Great art does not usually offer answers.  Tolstoy's novel certainly does not, but rather asks profound questions and does not allow any easy answers.  Such was my experience watching this adaptation, which left me deeply moved and haunted by these people, all of them, and I ponder their choices.  Their tragedies.  And their victories.  For that the script and cast and director Heather Chesley deserve a lot of credit."

sweet - David MacDowell Blue - Knight Tinted Glasses - ...read full review


Patrick Chavis
"Anna Karenina at the Actors Coop takes on difficult material and succeeds in showing us a beautiful interpretation of the literature."

sweet - Patrick Chavis - LA Theatre Bites - ...read full review


"There’s a lot of good work in this production, and that’s to be applauded. Regrettably, the elements that don’t quite come together keep this Anna Karenina from being completely successful."

sweet-sour - Terry Morgan - Stage Raw - ...read full review


"For me — and I’ll emphasize that this is my opinion — the story just didn’t grab me. I really can’t get into a complex tale of infidelity, shifting affairs, Russian societal position, and a fair amount of depression and lack of self worth. It just wasn’t my thing, but I’ll emphasize that’s why we subscribe to theatres: it brings us to shows we might not normally seek out on our own. But that also brings the risk that we might not like everything we see. But just because I didn’t get into the story doesn’t mean I didn’t like the performances. Chesley brought out great performances in her acting team, and they were believable as their characters. This is especially true for the two leads: Eva Abramian (FB) as Anna Karenina and Joseph Barone (FB) as Constantine “Kostya” Levin. The two had good chemistry together and were fun to watch."

sweet-sour - Daniel Faigin - Observations Along the Road - ...read full review