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A new play with much music, influenced by the golden era of Hollywood musicals, from Irish writer/performer Pat Kinevane and the team that previously brought Forgotten, Underneath and the Olivier Award-winning Silent to the Odyssey. Inside Clery’s of Dublin, on the very day this iconic department store shuts for good, Pontius is trying to choose a gift for his estranged daughter, whom he hasn’t seen for almost 20 years. He will meet her in an hour. This father’s journey is both beautiful and strange, from the isolation of his Midlands home, to the madness of O’Connell Street. Some folk are impossible to buy for… Nov. 14 thought Dec, 8; Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles, CA 90025; $20-$30; (310) 477-2055 www.OdysseyTheatre.com.

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A fascinating combination of music by a man who purports to hate musicals and an unfulfilled longing for the special love between parent and child, BEFORE shines in ways that only Pat Kinevane can craft. Director Jim Culleton does a superb job of corralling so many thoughts and feelings into a complete whole.

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


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Kinevane, whose home theatre is the Fishamble in Dublin, tells a weird, complex story in Before.

...Kinevane once again flips the story on its head, sends it spiraling into darkness and death. That’s when we realize that the songs in Before are really laments, protests against the cruelty and injustice of the human condition.

sweet - Willard Manus - Total Theater - ...read full review


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As Pontius, Pat Kinevane can’t escape his own talents. Even though the character is a self-described simple Irish farmer, Kinevane always moves with a dancer’s grace and delicacy. For all his jokes about the corniness of musical theatre, Kinevane is at his most sincere when he’s dancing.

sour - Taylor Kass - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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Pat’s scripting of his performance and the emoting he forms makes this showcase very amusing. What adds towards its flavor are the musical components. ...Pat Kinevane as his alter ego Pontius (named after a one-time governor of the district of Judea rather than a “pilot”), does his musical schtick that pays its homage of the tuneful stage shows once born on The Great White Way. One can see the ghosts of those shows from Chicago to Oklahoma and all points in between!

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

When it comes to the great Pat Kinevane, an Irish national treasure and Olivier Award winner, the word that comes up, after trolling through my mental hard drive, is “incomparable.” I really can’t liken him to any other performer that I know of, and I get around and have done so for decades. A solo performer who writes his own scripts, he is in town once more at Odyssey Theatre to kick off the national tour of his new play, Before. Previously seen in Underneath, Forgetten, and Silent, his new show, Before, is his most ambitious.

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


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A fascinating combination of music by a man who purports to hate musicals and an unfulfilled longing for the special love between parent and child, BEFORE shines in ways that only Pat Kinevane can craft. Director Jim Culleton does a superb job of corralling so many thoughts and feelings into a complete whole.

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


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Kinevane, whose home theatre is the Fishamble in Dublin, tells a weird, complex story in Before.

...Kinevane once again flips the story on its head, sends it spiraling into darkness and death. That’s when we realize that the songs in Before are really laments, protests against the cruelty and injustice of the human condition.

sweet - Willard Manus - Total Theater - ...read full review


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As Pontius, Pat Kinevane can’t escape his own talents. Even though the character is a self-described simple Irish farmer, Kinevane always moves with a dancer’s grace and delicacy. For all his jokes about the corniness of musical theatre, Kinevane is at his most sincere when he’s dancing.

sour - Taylor Kass - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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Pat’s scripting of his performance and the emoting he forms makes this showcase very amusing. What adds towards its flavor are the musical components. ...Pat Kinevane as his alter ego Pontius (named after a one-time governor of the district of Judea rather than a “pilot”), does his musical schtick that pays its homage of the tuneful stage shows once born on The Great White Way. One can see the ghosts of those shows from Chicago to Oklahoma and all points in between!

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

When it comes to the great Pat Kinevane, an Irish national treasure and Olivier Award winner, the word that comes up, after trolling through my mental hard drive, is “incomparable.” I really can’t liken him to any other performer that I know of, and I get around and have done so for decades. A solo performer who writes his own scripts, he is in town once more at Odyssey Theatre to kick off the national tour of his new play, Before. Previously seen in Underneath, Forgetten, and Silent, his new show, Before, is his most ambitious.

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review