West Hollywood, CA
Opens: March 23, 2017
Closes: July 30, 2017
EXTENDED Due to Popular Demand!
An 11:11 Experience‘s production of ELEVATOR, written and directed by award-winning filmmaker and playwright Michael Leoni has been playing to sold-out crowds with lines wrapping around The Coast Playhouse nightly.
When seven strangers—a CEO Woman, Business Man, Office Temp, Hot Girl, Musician, Maintenance Man and Goth Girl—get stuck in an elevator, it’s only a matter of time before the truth comes out. When forced together, given nothing but four walls and each other, these archetypes prove to be anything but ‘typical.’ Their preconceived notions, stereotypes and judgments are challenged at every turn, as one by one, they shed their masks and reveal their truths. Laced with musical sequences and cinematic style, ELEVATOR is a comedic and emotional ride into the human psyche and asks the fundamental question: who are you behind closed doors?
"The production values are top-notch. The lighting and set design work together seamlessly to convey the claustrophobia of being trapped in an elevator, without constraining the movement of the play. Mr. Leoni’s direction is every bit the equal of his writing, and he consistently finds new and inventive ways of opening up the action. While not deep,“Elevator” is an unmitigated crowd-pleaser. The man beside me laughed, gasped, wept freely, and at the end leapt to his feet to applaud the curtain call. He wasn’t the only one. Angelinos sometimes needs to be reminded that the stage can be as powerful as film. This laugh-and-cry show, with the explicit thesis that “life’s about love,” isn’t a bad place to start. "
"Suffice it to say, the unceasing roller coaster of sensations provided by the journey and redemptive outcome of “Elevator” make it a must-see production. Leoni has expertly tapped into and brought out the best in his cast, who relate to each other as both disparate parts and an integrated whole. "
"“Elevator” written and directed by Michael Leoni is one of the most original, entertaining plays I’ve seen in a very long time...Leoni is not only a brilliant writer/director, his talent also lies in his casting, which is pitch perfect."
"I fell in love with Elevator at Fringe 2010, loved it even more in its Macha Theatre transfer later that yeare, and love it more still at the Coast. Michael Leoni’s emotionally moving, highly satisfying thrill ride is better than ever, and likely to keep audiences riveted to their seats for months to come."
ELEVATOR RETURNS TO L.A.
BY RYAN LUÉVANOAward-winning filmmaker and playwright Michael Leoni’s hit play Elevator returns to L.A. for a limited run at The Coast Playhouse. The premise is simple: seven strangers are trapped in an elevator. However, what ensues is a stimulating experience that will keep you on the edge of your seat. In both presentation and writing. Elevator bridges the elements of film and theatre into a piece that strikes a fine blend of both worlds. "
"Kudos should go as well to Leoni’s cast, all of whom prove to be skilled farceurs as well as actors. Their strong, confident performances help make Elevator the trippy hit it is. David Goldstein’s atmospheric set and lighting are big pluses, as well."
"With a sparse set consisting only of an elevator interior, I found it extraordinary, entertaining and touching. Musical sequences, dramatic lighting and sound kept me completely engaged. Kudos to scenic and lighting designer David Goldstein and original music and sound designer Mario Marchetti."
Elevator leaves no stone unturned with a detailed direction and artistic design that shows the brilliance of what modern theatre can accomplish. But it’s tied together with a very cliché and done over storyline that could benefit from an update."
"For those seeking a mesmerizing performance and a dramatic play to immerse oneself in, leaving all daily cares and commitments to the wayside, “Elevator” is just the ticket."
"In ELEVATOR, seven strangers get stuck together in an elevator between floors, and it's only a matter of time before the truth comes out as each of them struggles to come to terms with their captivity. Given nothing but four walls and each other, these archetypes prove to be anything but 'typical.' Their preconceived notions, stereotypes and judgments are challenged at every turn, as one by one, they shed their masks and reveal their truths. Laced with musical sequences and cinematic style, ELEVATOR is a comedic and emotional ride into the human psyche that asks the fundamental question: who are you behind closed doors when you think the end is near?"