Cult of Love

Critics

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Reviews: 7

Audience

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Reviews: 0

Thu Aug 22, 12:00am

IAMA concludes its 10th anniversary with the final installment in Leslye Headland's “Seven Deadly Plays” cycle — a black comedy that explores the final sin of “pride” through one family's feverish clash over who is right and who is crazy. The Dahl family gathers to celebrate Christmas in their rural Connecticut home. Raised as strict Christians and overachievers, the four adult children (along with their partners) have grown into varying degrees of belief and success. Their initially joyful reunion quickly reveals an American family riddled with competition, xenophobia and mental illness. May 18 through June 24: Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 7 p.m. IAMA Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$35; 323-380-8843; iamatheatre.com

Reviews

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"Jeff McLaughlin's finely detailed full-stage set immediately transports the audience to the gathering to be the flies on the wall as the family unfurls the full inventory of the love, quirks, flaws, differences, musical ability, success, failure, and mental illness spread among the family members. Playwright Leslye Headland has provided plenty of opportunities for each and every character to exhibit his or her uniqueness and how it fits into the family puzzle, and the actors, without exception, rose to the occasion. It's always a joy to see a large ensemble cast with equal talents, and IAMA Theater Company, under the direction of Annie Tippe, has produced an exquisite example."

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


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"A sparkling 10-member cast beautifully navigates Annie Tippe's pointed direction on Jeffrey McLaughlin's homey set, festooned with Prop Master Michael O'Hara's Christmas tchotchkes. As many times that we hear someone say they're leaving and never coming back, how can they when this is the only kind of love they know from their family? I dare you not to have images of your own clan conjured up while watching IAMA Theatre Company's intriguing, provocative world premiere."

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


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"Director Annie Tippe guides the play's action with precision and compassion, nailing its unique tone and tempo, and creating an environment in which the characters flourish; she gives them plenty of permission to fall apart. ...Cult of Love is a powerful, painful and exciting evening of theatre and IAMA can rightfully be proud, though cautiously."

sweet - Dana Martin - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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"Obviously, a lot of issues. But the genius of this show is how they overlap, shift, and morph between the characters -- Mom and Dad, Mom and child, child and parent, child and child -- and right in front of our eyes."

sweet - Bill Garry - Discover Hollywood - ...read full review


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"The beauty of this full length one act is the clear and well limned performances from every one of the characters. Director Annie Tippe allows her ensemble cast to function as a perfectly tuned machine while each character being, at once, a part of a strong family tradition, presents a well honed individual. Each character's arc demands our full attention. The ensemble is organic. ...If professional writing and performances are reasons for coming to the theatre, The Cult of Love is a show that must not be missed. "

sweet - Michael Sheehan - On Stage Los Angeles - ...read full review


Ron Irwin
"The show is rich in both humor and deep drama. The acting is superb and it achieves the two most important things a good show must achieve and that is it stimulates thought and entertains."

sweet - Ron Irwin - L.A. Splash - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"There's no place like home for a dysfunctional family Christmas as playwright Leslye Headland makes abundantly clear in her gripping, talk-provoking, edge-of-your-seat hilarious Cult Of Love, the long-awaited final installment of her Seven Deadly Plays, the series of vice-based black comedies that put both Headland and IAMA Theatre Company on the map."

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


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"Jeff McLaughlin's finely detailed full-stage set immediately transports the audience to the gathering to be the flies on the wall as the family unfurls the full inventory of the love, quirks, flaws, differences, musical ability, success, failure, and mental illness spread among the family members. Playwright Leslye Headland has provided plenty of opportunities for each and every character to exhibit his or her uniqueness and how it fits into the family puzzle, and the actors, without exception, rose to the occasion. It's always a joy to see a large ensemble cast with equal talents, and IAMA Theater Company, under the direction of Annie Tippe, has produced an exquisite example."

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


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"A sparkling 10-member cast beautifully navigates Annie Tippe's pointed direction on Jeffrey McLaughlin's homey set, festooned with Prop Master Michael O'Hara's Christmas tchotchkes. As many times that we hear someone say they're leaving and never coming back, how can they when this is the only kind of love they know from their family? I dare you not to have images of your own clan conjured up while watching IAMA Theatre Company's intriguing, provocative world premiere."

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


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"Director Annie Tippe guides the play's action with precision and compassion, nailing its unique tone and tempo, and creating an environment in which the characters flourish; she gives them plenty of permission to fall apart. ...Cult of Love is a powerful, painful and exciting evening of theatre and IAMA can rightfully be proud, though cautiously."

sweet - Dana Martin - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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"Obviously, a lot of issues. But the genius of this show is how they overlap, shift, and morph between the characters -- Mom and Dad, Mom and child, child and parent, child and child -- and right in front of our eyes."

sweet - Bill Garry - Discover Hollywood - ...read full review


Avatar
"The beauty of this full length one act is the clear and well limned performances from every one of the characters. Director Annie Tippe allows her ensemble cast to function as a perfectly tuned machine while each character being, at once, a part of a strong family tradition, presents a well honed individual. Each character's arc demands our full attention. The ensemble is organic. ...If professional writing and performances are reasons for coming to the theatre, The Cult of Love is a show that must not be missed. "

sweet - Michael Sheehan - On Stage Los Angeles - ...read full review


Ron Irwin
"The show is rich in both humor and deep drama. The acting is superb and it achieves the two most important things a good show must achieve and that is it stimulates thought and entertains."

sweet - Ron Irwin - L.A. Splash - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"There's no place like home for a dysfunctional family Christmas as playwright Leslye Headland makes abundantly clear in her gripping, talk-provoking, edge-of-your-seat hilarious Cult Of Love, the long-awaited final installment of her Seven Deadly Plays, the series of vice-based black comedies that put both Headland and IAMA Theatre Company on the map."

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