Famous

Critics

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Reviews: 7

Audience

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Reviews: 0

Thu Aug 22, 12:00am

Through the eyes of Hollywood's biggest star, Jason Mast, we witness a world fueled by sex, money, and power, where image is everything. On the heels of Jason's first Oscar nomination, he plans the hottest party to celebrate. The night unfolds with an adrenaline-rushed pace, ultimately revealing one of Jason's darkest secrets. His attempt to control the outcome ignites a chain of events that pushes the boundaries of real friendship and reveals the true cost of fame.

Reviews

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"Michael Leoni, director, gives us some amazing moments and strong visuals, but he takes on too much as the writer and director of the play. And while there are fascinating things happening on stage, the play loses its focus, the through line - Harold Clurman fondly speaks to – and the nuanced story line loses its focus."

sweet-sour - Joe Straw - Joe Straw #9 - ...read full review


Cynthia Citron
"All the factors involved in becoming a leading man add up to his current state of decrepitude, but Dietrick in portraying the older, addled Jason, gives a performance that would certainly win him a Tony if this play were staged in New York."

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


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"Writer Michael Leoni is a wonderful playwright and an on point director. The mood is dark and somber. The people pretend to be bigger Leoni does an excellent job in executing his vision. With haunting, melodic music by Conner Youngblood (www.conneryoungblood.com) the whole show comes together as a graphic warning. Have a career similar to Jason or turn out like his long lost brother Dylan. Pick wisely!!"

sweet - Mary E Montoro - All About the Stage - ...read full review


Shari Barrett
"From the moment you walk into the new 11:11 performance space on Kings Road in West Hollywood, you will find yourself immersed in scenic designer David Offner's multi-level, three-bedroom home any of us would love to own, no doubt born in the outrageously detailed imagination of Leoni. Add in Ovation Award-nominee Martha Carter's brilliant stage lighting, which colorfully highlights the black and white set as downward, spiraling moods or overwhelming anger explode as the night unfolds at an adrenaline-rushed pace, ultimately revealing one of Jason's darkest secrets. His attempt to control the party's outcome ignites a chain of events that pushes the boundaries of real friendship and reveals the true cost of fame."

sweet - Shari Barrett - Culver City News - ...read full review


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"Messy and over-produced as Famous is—the actors are all miked in what is still a relatively small theater—the play can be recommended for its valiant, splendid cast and above all for its brave portrait of a flawed but sensitive hero, an artist brought down by a corrupt and philistine world."

sweet-sour - Willard Manus - Total Theater - ...read full review


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"It is unfortunately a downfall of the production that the characters, most specifically the villains, are one-note, lacking a human complexity which fosters an emotional connection for the audience. The protagonists feel slightly more fleshed out, revealing both likable and dislikable qualities that make them somewhat authentic. Regardless of its flaws, however, the piece has something to say, and the technical elements come together so beautifully that the audience leaves reflecting on both large societal problems and deeply personal issues."

sweet-sour - Angie Hoover - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Kathy Flynn
"Famous is the play we need in the #metoo era, shining a bright light in the dark corners where horrible shadows lay undisturbed. The cost of fame is a frequently told tale, but the headlines from the past few years makes the story feel particularly relevant and timely. Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Bryan Singer, River Phoenix ...just a few of the names that flashed through my mind watching Famous."

sweet-sour - Kathy Flynn - Discover Hollywood - ...read full review


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"Michael Leoni, director, gives us some amazing moments and strong visuals, but he takes on too much as the writer and director of the play. And while there are fascinating things happening on stage, the play loses its focus, the through line - Harold Clurman fondly speaks to – and the nuanced story line loses its focus."

sweet-sour - Joe Straw - Joe Straw #9 - ...read full review


Cynthia Citron
"All the factors involved in becoming a leading man add up to his current state of decrepitude, but Dietrick in portraying the older, addled Jason, gives a performance that would certainly win him a Tony if this play were staged in New York."

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


Avatar
"Writer Michael Leoni is a wonderful playwright and an on point director. The mood is dark and somber. The people pretend to be bigger Leoni does an excellent job in executing his vision. With haunting, melodic music by Conner Youngblood (www.conneryoungblood.com) the whole show comes together as a graphic warning. Have a career similar to Jason or turn out like his long lost brother Dylan. Pick wisely!!"

sweet - Mary E Montoro - All About the Stage - ...read full review


Shari Barrett
"From the moment you walk into the new 11:11 performance space on Kings Road in West Hollywood, you will find yourself immersed in scenic designer David Offner's multi-level, three-bedroom home any of us would love to own, no doubt born in the outrageously detailed imagination of Leoni. Add in Ovation Award-nominee Martha Carter's brilliant stage lighting, which colorfully highlights the black and white set as downward, spiraling moods or overwhelming anger explode as the night unfolds at an adrenaline-rushed pace, ultimately revealing one of Jason's darkest secrets. His attempt to control the party's outcome ignites a chain of events that pushes the boundaries of real friendship and reveals the true cost of fame."

sweet - Shari Barrett - Culver City News - ...read full review


Avatar
"Messy and over-produced as Famous is—the actors are all miked in what is still a relatively small theater—the play can be recommended for its valiant, splendid cast and above all for its brave portrait of a flawed but sensitive hero, an artist brought down by a corrupt and philistine world."

sweet-sour - Willard Manus - Total Theater - ...read full review


Avatar
"It is unfortunately a downfall of the production that the characters, most specifically the villains, are one-note, lacking a human complexity which fosters an emotional connection for the audience. The protagonists feel slightly more fleshed out, revealing both likable and dislikable qualities that make them somewhat authentic. Regardless of its flaws, however, the piece has something to say, and the technical elements come together so beautifully that the audience leaves reflecting on both large societal problems and deeply personal issues."

sweet-sour - Angie Hoover - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Kathy Flynn
"Famous is the play we need in the #metoo era, shining a bright light in the dark corners where horrible shadows lay undisturbed. The cost of fame is a frequently told tale, but the headlines from the past few years makes the story feel particularly relevant and timely. Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Bryan Singer, River Phoenix ...just a few of the names that flashed through my mind watching Famous."

sweet-sour - Kathy Flynn - Discover Hollywood - ...read full review