Elijah

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Reviews: 8

Audience

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Reviews: 0

Fri Dec 13, 8:00pm
Sat Dec 14, 8:00pm
Sun Dec 15, 8:00pm
Fri Dec 20, 8:00pm
Sat Dec 21, 8:00pm
Sun Dec 22, 8:00pm

Hurricane Elijah has closed down all the roads in a small town in Texas. A disparate group of people take refuge in a TGIFridays restaurant, while, weather permitting, a high-profile execution is scheduled in a nearby prison. The restaurant is low on staff, low on food, but loaded with revelatory exchanges between both intimates and strangers who are impacted by the hurricane, the execution, and the difficulty of reconciling mercy and violence in this little corner of the world.

Elijah is a very human dramedy by the critically acclaimed writer of The Victory Theatre Center's Showpony, telling the story of a brave young woman who wants to reconcile with her past so she can free her future.

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Reviews

Leigh Kennicott

In Elijah, a group of travelers find themselves stranded by hurricane Elijah in a TGI Fridays Restaurant near a Federal prison. The manager, Lori (Kathleen Bailey) has sent home all the staff but for her wayward niece, Ashley (a spot-on MacKenzie Rickaby), who slouches through her duties. The “inmates” have converged on the Texas town because of a highly publicized execution about to take place. They represent a spectrum of views about capital punishment, from God-fearing Patience (Elle Vernee), reasonable Greg (Jordon Wall) to activist Tim (Jesse Merrill). But it is Dawn (an appealing Molly Gray), who has the biggest stake in the inmate’s death. Throughout, the characters serve Leora’s message, which results in a series of uneven characterizations. Ultimately we ask this questions: does one death solve the problem? It seems that despite the debate, we’re still left with the same questions.

sweet-sour - Leigh Kennicott - ShowMag - ...read full review


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The world premiere of Judith Leora’s trenchant comedy “Showpony” last year was a big hit for the Victory Theatre in Burbank. If that production identified Leora as a talented playwright on the rise, then “Elijah” — now having its West Coast premiere at the Victory — is proof positive that she has matured as an artist in full command of her craft.

sweet - F. Kathleen Foley - LA Times - ...read full review


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A powerful look at mercy, retribution and reconciliation, the West Coast premiere of Elijah offers fine acting and directing in a story of letting go of preconceptions and accepting ambiguity and difference.

sweet - Mary Mallory - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


Cynthia Citron

Imagine, if you will, six strong personalities stranded in a
Thank God It's Friday pub while a hurricane rages outside.
The accompanying rain has flooded the streets, and all the
highways in this small Texas town have been closed. The town is so small, in fact, that its most prominent feature is the jail, where a child murderer is about to be put to death on this night.

sweet - Cynthia Citron - Santa Monica Daily Press - ...read full review


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The play is exquisitely produced. The staging and set design are phenomenal, but then plays at The Victory always are - such amazing attention to detail, always perfect and subtle and exactly what the play deserves, an anchoring to a place that is so familiar to us all, for a story that I can promise you is absolutely not.

“Elijah” is a wonderful play beautifully performed by gifted actors.

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


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The cast of players do get along with one another, but not in any playful manor. They are likable for who they are depending on one’s mood. That element is what makes this play work! Marie Gobetti, one of the artistic directors of The Victory Theatre, directs this program through a solid loop that carries on toward its ninety minute limit right up to its conclusion, even if that conclusion is a bit abrupt!

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


Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA

Considering the collaboration of the Victory Theatre’s cofounder and co-artistic director Maria Gobetti at the helm as director, as well as the company’s usual excellent design choices around once again to expertly establish the proper mood and ambience, and a perfectly cast ensemble of gifted actors, it’s no surprise this is a return engagement for playwright Judith Leora, whose memorable "Showpony" was a huge hit on the same stage last season. Leora has an uncanny ability to find wicked humor smackdab in the middle of highly dramatic situations and her latest play is no exception.

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

In reviewing Judith Leora’s Showpony last year, I wrote “It will get you thinking. It will get you talking. It more than merits a visit to the Victory.” Let me simply say ditto for Elijah.

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


Leigh Kennicott

In Elijah, a group of travelers find themselves stranded by hurricane Elijah in a TGI Fridays Restaurant near a Federal prison. The manager, Lori (Kathleen Bailey) has sent home all the staff but for her wayward niece, Ashley (a spot-on MacKenzie Rickaby), who slouches through her duties. The “inmates” have converged on the Texas town because of a highly publicized execution about to take place. They represent a spectrum of views about capital punishment, from God-fearing Patience (Elle Vernee), reasonable Greg (Jordon Wall) to activist Tim (Jesse Merrill). But it is Dawn (an appealing Molly Gray), who has the biggest stake in the inmate’s death. Throughout, the characters serve Leora’s message, which results in a series of uneven characterizations. Ultimately we ask this questions: does one death solve the problem? It seems that despite the debate, we’re still left with the same questions.

sweet-sour - Leigh Kennicott - ShowMag - ...read full review


Avatar

The world premiere of Judith Leora’s trenchant comedy “Showpony” last year was a big hit for the Victory Theatre in Burbank. If that production identified Leora as a talented playwright on the rise, then “Elijah” — now having its West Coast premiere at the Victory — is proof positive that she has matured as an artist in full command of her craft.

sweet - F. Kathleen Foley - LA Times - ...read full review


Avatar

A powerful look at mercy, retribution and reconciliation, the West Coast premiere of Elijah offers fine acting and directing in a story of letting go of preconceptions and accepting ambiguity and difference.

sweet - Mary Mallory - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


Cynthia Citron

Imagine, if you will, six strong personalities stranded in a
Thank God It's Friday pub while a hurricane rages outside.
The accompanying rain has flooded the streets, and all the
highways in this small Texas town have been closed. The town is so small, in fact, that its most prominent feature is the jail, where a child murderer is about to be put to death on this night.

sweet - Cynthia Citron - Santa Monica Daily Press - ...read full review


Avatar

The play is exquisitely produced. The staging and set design are phenomenal, but then plays at The Victory always are - such amazing attention to detail, always perfect and subtle and exactly what the play deserves, an anchoring to a place that is so familiar to us all, for a story that I can promise you is absolutely not.

“Elijah” is a wonderful play beautifully performed by gifted actors.

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


Avatar

The cast of players do get along with one another, but not in any playful manor. They are likable for who they are depending on one’s mood. That element is what makes this play work! Marie Gobetti, one of the artistic directors of The Victory Theatre, directs this program through a solid loop that carries on toward its ninety minute limit right up to its conclusion, even if that conclusion is a bit abrupt!

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


Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA

Considering the collaboration of the Victory Theatre’s cofounder and co-artistic director Maria Gobetti at the helm as director, as well as the company’s usual excellent design choices around once again to expertly establish the proper mood and ambience, and a perfectly cast ensemble of gifted actors, it’s no surprise this is a return engagement for playwright Judith Leora, whose memorable "Showpony" was a huge hit on the same stage last season. Leora has an uncanny ability to find wicked humor smackdab in the middle of highly dramatic situations and her latest play is no exception.

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

In reviewing Judith Leora’s Showpony last year, I wrote “It will get you thinking. It will get you talking. It more than merits a visit to the Victory.” Let me simply say ditto for Elijah.

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