Dancing at Lughnasa

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Reviews: 9

Audience

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Reviews: 0

The beautiful, rolling hills of Ireland hold many stories and secrets. Set in the summer of 1936 during the Celtic harvest festival of Lughnasa, Brian Friel’s Tony Award-winning play, loosely based on the lives of his mother and aunts, is a rich and deeply moving portrait of the everyday lives of five sisters, just as everything is on the brink of change. July 6 through Aug. 18: Open Fist Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039; $20-$30; (323) 882-6912; www.openfist.org.

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Reviews

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"It is easy to connect with the characters, the actors all successfully brought the family to life, the basic humanity and need for connection comes through, and we want to know them, go to the festival with them, and befriend them on their journeys."

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


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"Now, god knows, the Irish are unquestionably known as a gregarious lot, and Friel’s sweet play does live up to that stereotype, making the two-hour-plus run somewhat excessive. But this well-produced production, under the more-than-able hand of Barbara Schofield, allows her actors plenty of movement and timing to make the individual moments shine with excitement (the dance at home, for one, superbly choreographed by Jason Gorman) amid the overall feeling of sadness that filters through. "

sweet - Dale Reynolds - Hollywood Revealed - ...read full review


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"Director Barbara Schofield directs an able cast. David Shofner as Michael ties the story together through his narration. Lane Allison’s Maggie captures the character’s humor and humanity. Sandra Kate Burck delivers as the developmentally disabled Rose. Scott Roberts’ characterization of the vagabond salesman Gerry and Christopher Cappiello’s Father Jack add humorous notes."

sweet - Marilyn Tower Oliver - Los Feliz Ledger - ...read full review


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"There is an embrace that comes with this production. An invisible warmth of joy and sadness all at once and an unmistakable dread of knowing, at least suspecting, that not only will this one moment in time not last except in the memory of the storyteller. But that everything about these people, every word spoken, every action or nonaction, every fleeting happiness, every memory, quirk, prank, truth, and lie is and will be as precious to us as mortality to the gods. - Very Highly Recommended"

sweet - Tracey Paleo - Gia On the Move - ...read full review


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"DANCING AT LUGHNASA brilliantly dissects each of these characters as they interact with each other and the world. Director Barbara Schofield helms the talented Open Fist Theater Company with compassion, humor, and pathos. Each of the actors settles comfortably within the skin of their Irish characters – and, on top of it, their brogue is really convincing. "

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


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"Dancing at Lughnasa captures the human need to connect. Michael treasures the too few moments he gets with his father. Father Jack yearns to return to the community he found in Africa. The sisters don’t always dare admit their fancies aloud, but each has a moment when the possibility of love lends them a glow. It’s a refreshingly simple play that asks its audience to contemplate their own lives, happiness, and connections."

sweet - Julia Stier - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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"Under the superb direction of Barbara Schofield, this cast of seasoned pros crafts a performance that goes straight to the heart, with affecting joy and sadness. The characters are all thoroughly grounded, rounded, and nuanced, each individual character unforgettable."

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


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"Playwright Brian Friel's reputation as the Chekov of Irish drama seems deservedly so. Open Fist's "Dancing at Lughnasa" (Loo nasa) poetically invites us into his 1936 memory play narrated by Michael (David Shofner) who returns in memory to his childhood..."

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


Steven Stanley
"Brian Friel lovers could not ask for a finer production of his 1992 Best Play Tony winner Dancing At Lughnasa than Open Fist Theatre Company’s 2019 revival. Non-devotees might find their attention wandering during its long, chitchat-filled first act, but once Friel’s memory play takes fire post-intermission, the latest from Open Fist more than merits curtain-call cheers."

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


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"It is easy to connect with the characters, the actors all successfully brought the family to life, the basic humanity and need for connection comes through, and we want to know them, go to the festival with them, and befriend them on their journeys."

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


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"Now, god knows, the Irish are unquestionably known as a gregarious lot, and Friel’s sweet play does live up to that stereotype, making the two-hour-plus run somewhat excessive. But this well-produced production, under the more-than-able hand of Barbara Schofield, allows her actors plenty of movement and timing to make the individual moments shine with excitement (the dance at home, for one, superbly choreographed by Jason Gorman) amid the overall feeling of sadness that filters through. "

sweet - Dale Reynolds - Hollywood Revealed - ...read full review


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"Director Barbara Schofield directs an able cast. David Shofner as Michael ties the story together through his narration. Lane Allison’s Maggie captures the character’s humor and humanity. Sandra Kate Burck delivers as the developmentally disabled Rose. Scott Roberts’ characterization of the vagabond salesman Gerry and Christopher Cappiello’s Father Jack add humorous notes."

sweet - Marilyn Tower Oliver - Los Feliz Ledger - ...read full review


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"There is an embrace that comes with this production. An invisible warmth of joy and sadness all at once and an unmistakable dread of knowing, at least suspecting, that not only will this one moment in time not last except in the memory of the storyteller. But that everything about these people, every word spoken, every action or nonaction, every fleeting happiness, every memory, quirk, prank, truth, and lie is and will be as precious to us as mortality to the gods. - Very Highly Recommended"

sweet - Tracey Paleo - Gia On the Move - ...read full review


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"DANCING AT LUGHNASA brilliantly dissects each of these characters as they interact with each other and the world. Director Barbara Schofield helms the talented Open Fist Theater Company with compassion, humor, and pathos. Each of the actors settles comfortably within the skin of their Irish characters – and, on top of it, their brogue is really convincing. "

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


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"Dancing at Lughnasa captures the human need to connect. Michael treasures the too few moments he gets with his father. Father Jack yearns to return to the community he found in Africa. The sisters don’t always dare admit their fancies aloud, but each has a moment when the possibility of love lends them a glow. It’s a refreshingly simple play that asks its audience to contemplate their own lives, happiness, and connections."

sweet - Julia Stier - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Avatar
"Under the superb direction of Barbara Schofield, this cast of seasoned pros crafts a performance that goes straight to the heart, with affecting joy and sadness. The characters are all thoroughly grounded, rounded, and nuanced, each individual character unforgettable."

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


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"Playwright Brian Friel's reputation as the Chekov of Irish drama seems deservedly so. Open Fist's "Dancing at Lughnasa" (Loo nasa) poetically invites us into his 1936 memory play narrated by Michael (David Shofner) who returns in memory to his childhood..."

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


Steven Stanley
"Brian Friel lovers could not ask for a finer production of his 1992 Best Play Tony winner Dancing At Lughnasa than Open Fist Theatre Company’s 2019 revival. Non-devotees might find their attention wandering during its long, chitchat-filled first act, but once Friel’s memory play takes fire post-intermission, the latest from Open Fist more than merits curtain-call cheers."

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review