Ashes to Ashes

Critics

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Reviews: 6

Audience

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Reviews: 1

The Athena Cats, a collective of Southern California female playwrights and directors, presents a madcap romantic comedy that's a perfect escape for the holidays. Liberal Sara and right-winger Jefferson are polar opposites about everything — except their love and devotion for their two, newly deceased, filthy-rich best friends. Trapped by the time-constraints of their friends' will, the two are forced to spend the next 16 days, 21 hours and 32 minutes together, scattering ashes across Europe. Whether they make it or not, the audience is in for a bumpy and very funny ride. The Athena Cats presents a visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles, 90025; Dec. 7 – Jan. 14; $30; 310-564-9410 or www.AshesToAshesThePlay.com

Reviews

Shari Barrett

Adding to the fun of this madcap road trip to love is that each of the many tour BWW Review: Madcap Romantic Comedy Road Trip ASHES TO ASHES Offers Laughs Galore at Every Stopguides is played to the hilt by Michael Uribes, who steals every scene in which he appears. In fact, it is the talented Mr. Uribes who welcomes audience members into the theater, handing out programs and showing you to your seat as a rather conservatively dressed, redheaded airline stewardess thanks to the costume wizardry of Kate Bergh. All the while, music selections highlighting air travel from "Up, Up and Away" to "I'm Leaving on a Jet Plane" and Sinatra belting "Come Fly with Me" welcome you for the wild, no-intermission journey you are about to take!

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Carol Kaufman Segal

The only character that I looked forward to seeing in any of the scenes in this production was Michael Uribes who showed up in every “country” along the way portraying various characters that correspond to the locations.

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...ASHES TO ASHES is the perfect light-hearted holiday show. You know that it will have a happy ending – and you're not disappointed. It's the trip getting there that will charm you – and have you rolling in the aisles.

sweet - Elaine L Mura - LA Splash Magazine


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DON'T MISS playwright Debbie Bolsky's rollicking comedy… Michael Uribes, as The Guide, is a total delight… Lena Bouton is dynamic as the nervous Sara, and Kevin Young intensely charming as the reluctant Jefferson... Wildly imaginative direction by Katherine Jame

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


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Bolsky's play makes unreasonable demands on our ability to suspend disbelief. Director Katherine James is inventive in staging the stunts, but her handling of the comedy is often labored and heavy-handed. Bouton and Young do what is required of them with considerable skill, but they are not always fortunate in their material.

sweet-sour - Neal Weaver - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

The play shows promise and tries very hard to live up to its press release. The actors did their best, but for a play billing it self as comedy, the laughs were scattered few and far between. The script became formulaic, repeating the same actions again and again. The characters are thinly drawn, allowing no real depth of emotion to develop between the actors.

sour - Paul Myrvold - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

Providing escapist fare at a time when escape is needed more than ever, Ashes To Ashes delivers enough laughs to make it a refreshing alternative both to the day's headlines not to mention all the Christmas Carols and Nutcrackers playing round town this time of year.

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


Shari Barrett

Adding to the fun of this madcap road trip to love is that each of the many tour BWW Review: Madcap Romantic Comedy Road Trip ASHES TO ASHES Offers Laughs Galore at Every Stopguides is played to the hilt by Michael Uribes, who steals every scene in which he appears. In fact, it is the talented Mr. Uribes who welcomes audience members into the theater, handing out programs and showing you to your seat as a rather conservatively dressed, redheaded airline stewardess thanks to the costume wizardry of Kate Bergh. All the while, music selections highlighting air travel from "Up, Up and Away" to "I'm Leaving on a Jet Plane" and Sinatra belting "Come Fly with Me" welcome you for the wild, no-intermission journey you are about to take!

sweet - Shari Barrett - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal

The only character that I looked forward to seeing in any of the scenes in this production was Michael Uribes who showed up in every “country” along the way portraying various characters that correspond to the locations.

sour - Carol Kaufman Segal - ...read full review


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DON'T MISS playwright Debbie Bolsky's rollicking comedy… Michael Uribes, as The Guide, is a total delight… Lena Bouton is dynamic as the nervous Sara, and Kevin Young intensely charming as the reluctant Jefferson... Wildly imaginative direction by Katherine Jame

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


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Bolsky's play makes unreasonable demands on our ability to suspend disbelief. Director Katherine James is inventive in staging the stunts, but her handling of the comedy is often labored and heavy-handed. Bouton and Young do what is required of them with considerable skill, but they are not always fortunate in their material.

sweet-sour - Neal Weaver - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

The play shows promise and tries very hard to live up to its press release. The actors did their best, but for a play billing it self as comedy, the laughs were scattered few and far between. The script became formulaic, repeating the same actions again and again. The characters are thinly drawn, allowing no real depth of emotion to develop between the actors.

sour - Paul Myrvold - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

Providing escapist fare at a time when escape is needed more than ever, Ashes To Ashes delivers enough laughs to make it a refreshing alternative both to the day's headlines not to mention all the Christmas Carols and Nutcrackers playing round town this time of year.

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


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...ASHES TO ASHES is the perfect light-hearted holiday show. You know that it will have a happy ending – and you're not disappointed. It's the trip getting there that will charm you – and have you rolling in the aisles.

sweet - Elaine L Mura - LA Splash Magazine