BARRYMORE

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The Group Rep presents BARRYMORE by William Luce, with Robert Benedict as Barrymore, featuring Todd Andrew Ball, directed by Robert Benedict, produced by Todd Andrew Ball. In this uncensored comedy, we share an evening with legendary actor John Barrymore, who arrives with the intent of recreating his critically acclaimed performance of Richard III, but would rather amuse his audience with whimsical tales about his life. He recalls the triumphs, the struggles, and the scandals that surrounded his career, his loves, and the Barrymore family. Experience the iconic actor in this no holds barred portrait of early Hollywood’s number one Bad Boy. Not recommended for minors. October 12 – November 3. Saturdays at 4:00 pm. Sundays at 7:00 pm. Talkbacks after 10/19 & 11/2. General Admission: $20.00. Seniors & Students with ID: $17.00. Information: www.thegrouprep.com or (818) 763-5990. Upstairs at the Group Rep on the second floor of the Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Boulevard, North Hollywood 91601. The Upstairs venue is not handicapped accessible.

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He captures the essence of Barrymore so completely that one can almost envision that iconic “profile” when he turns his head…

In this comedy, sometimes corny, sometimes downright crude (and not for minors), Benedict grasps the nuances of Barrymore -his humor, his pathos and his downhill slide. Luce’s dialogue and Benedict’s performance gives us more insight into the complex creature that was Barrymore.

sweet - Laura Voeth - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


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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.

sweet - Radomir Luza - At the Theatre - ...read full review


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Naughty jokes abound, and Benedict gives us a bittersweet portrait of this once famous actor with excellence.

sweet - Cathy Wayne - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal

Robert Benedict gives an exceptionally fine performance.

sweet - Carol Kaufman Segal - Carol's Culture Corner - ...read full review


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He captures the essence of Barrymore so completely that one can almost envision that iconic “profile” when he turns his head…

In this comedy, sometimes corny, sometimes downright crude (and not for minors), Benedict grasps the nuances of Barrymore -his humor, his pathos and his downhill slide. Luce’s dialogue and Benedict’s performance gives us more insight into the complex creature that was Barrymore.

sweet - Laura Voeth - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


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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.

sweet - Radomir Luza - At the Theatre - ...read full review


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Naughty jokes abound, and Benedict gives us a bittersweet portrait of this once famous actor with excellence.

sweet - Cathy Wayne - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal

Robert Benedict gives an exceptionally fine performance.

sweet - Carol Kaufman Segal - Carol's Culture Corner - ...read full review