BELLEVILLE

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Reviews: 9

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Reviews: 1

Zack and Abby are American newlyweds who have settled into an idyllic life in Belleville, a Bohemian neighborhood of Paris. But when Abby finds Zack home from work unexpectedly, their picture perfect marriage begins to show cracks, putting their relationship to the test. Join stage and screen stars Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect, True Blood) and Thomas Sadoski (Life in Pieces, The Newsroom) for a captivating evening of intrigue and suspense as an ordinary night unravels into modern day thriller in this new Hitchcock-style drama.

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Great acting. Story lacked credibility. Never really believed the story line or character development

sweet-sour - Thomas Tileston


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Unfortunately, what is promised to be a breathless Hitchcockian thrill ride is more of a slow burn of diminishing returns.

sour - Harker Jones - Arts in LA - ...read full review


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While the plotline is less substantial than one might expect or desire, Belleville still satisfies as a dark drama...It's a credit to director Jenna Worsham that the intimate show works as well as it does in the large Pasadena Playhouse, but even as she keeps our attention, she doesn't always seem as concerned with beats and pace, which perhaps is why the ending leaves a bad taste in our mouth.

sweet-sour - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal

Even though I found the play, itself, uneasy to watch, I appreciated the expert performances by Thoman Sadoski and Anna Camp.

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


Steven Stanley

Young marrieds don't get much more appealing than Americans in Paris Abby and Zack, but don't let their Meg Ryan-Tom Hanks looks and charm fool you into thinking Amy Herzog's Belleville will be the next big romcom. What the Obie-winning Pulitzer Prize finalist has up her sleeve in Belleville is something considerably darker and more twisted, just one reason the latest from the Pasadena Playhouse is one of the season's must-see productions.

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


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An engrossing psychological drama that keeps you puzzling and guessing, but not because you are buoyed by grand, shocking waves of twists and turns, but instead because you are more gently rocked back and forth on the ripples of quick intrusions of “alternate facts.”... In any event, I recommend this production – but hurry, it's only there for a short run, just until May 13.

sweet - Carol Edger-Germain - Colorado Boulevard - ...read full review


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It's a gripping ride bursting with suspense and filled with plenty of horrific twists and turns, but, ultimately, it struggles to dig past its shock-and-awe tactics to any significant well of deeper meaning.

sweet-sour - Maureen Lee Lenker - Entertainment Weekly - ...read full review


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Herzog's script is cannily constructed, and the characters are sketched in acid. But both Anna and Zach are so dishonest, morally compromised, and unpleasant that it gets harder and harder to care about them. When the combat turns toward actual violence, one wishes it had come sooner. And the endlessly protracted ending becomes seriously exasperating.

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


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BELLEVILLE is one of those traditional stage plays that leads its audience down the garden path with well experienced actors, an expensive professional set and all, but the "Hitchcockian" payoff was momentary and was then extended with a denouement that made no sense at all.

sweet-sour - Amy Herzog - On Stage LA - ...read full review


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"Belleville" is deviously difficult to pin down. This uneven Pasadena Playhouse production complicates matters further, but the arresting drama unfolds in the mind like a scary dream that demands to be decoded in the cold light of day.

sweet-sour - Charles McNulty - LA Times - ...read full review


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Unfortunately, what is promised to be a breathless Hitchcockian thrill ride is more of a slow burn of diminishing returns.

sour - Harker Jones - Arts in LA - ...read full review


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While the plotline is less substantial than one might expect or desire, Belleville still satisfies as a dark drama...It's a credit to director Jenna Worsham that the intimate show works as well as it does in the large Pasadena Playhouse, but even as she keeps our attention, she doesn't always seem as concerned with beats and pace, which perhaps is why the ending leaves a bad taste in our mouth.

sweet-sour - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal

Even though I found the play, itself, uneasy to watch, I appreciated the expert performances by Thoman Sadoski and Anna Camp.

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


Steven Stanley

Young marrieds don't get much more appealing than Americans in Paris Abby and Zack, but don't let their Meg Ryan-Tom Hanks looks and charm fool you into thinking Amy Herzog's Belleville will be the next big romcom. What the Obie-winning Pulitzer Prize finalist has up her sleeve in Belleville is something considerably darker and more twisted, just one reason the latest from the Pasadena Playhouse is one of the season's must-see productions.

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


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An engrossing psychological drama that keeps you puzzling and guessing, but not because you are buoyed by grand, shocking waves of twists and turns, but instead because you are more gently rocked back and forth on the ripples of quick intrusions of “alternate facts.”... In any event, I recommend this production – but hurry, it's only there for a short run, just until May 13.

sweet - Carol Edger-Germain - Colorado Boulevard - ...read full review


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It's a gripping ride bursting with suspense and filled with plenty of horrific twists and turns, but, ultimately, it struggles to dig past its shock-and-awe tactics to any significant well of deeper meaning.

sweet-sour - Maureen Lee Lenker - Entertainment Weekly - ...read full review


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Herzog's script is cannily constructed, and the characters are sketched in acid. But both Anna and Zach are so dishonest, morally compromised, and unpleasant that it gets harder and harder to care about them. When the combat turns toward actual violence, one wishes it had come sooner. And the endlessly protracted ending becomes seriously exasperating.

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


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BELLEVILLE is one of those traditional stage plays that leads its audience down the garden path with well experienced actors, an expensive professional set and all, but the "Hitchcockian" payoff was momentary and was then extended with a denouement that made no sense at all.

sweet-sour - Amy Herzog - On Stage LA - ...read full review


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"Belleville" is deviously difficult to pin down. This uneven Pasadena Playhouse production complicates matters further, but the arresting drama unfolds in the mind like a scary dream that demands to be decoded in the cold light of day.

sweet-sour - Charles McNulty - LA Times - ...read full review


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Great acting. Story lacked credibility. Never really believed the story line or character development

sweet-sour - Thomas Tileston