Last Call

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Reviews: 9

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In this semi-autobiographical dramedy by writer/producer Anne Kenney (Outlander, Switched at Birth, L.A. Law), the Vaughn family's go-to defense mechanism of sarcasm and mordant humor falls short when the aging parents hatch a not-so-funny way to avoid the retirement home. Jan. 18 through Feb. 23: Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:p.m. & Sundays at 2 p.m. Open Fist Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039; $25 with advance purchase, $30 at the door; (323) 882-6912; www.openfist.org.

Reviews

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"The play is unsettling and uncomfortable outside of the humor, which is exactly how it should be. There is no final group hug, no universal apologies and forgiveness, no happy ending, but that's life many times, and the subject is universal, most of us will face these issues as they relate to parents and family members or to ourselves, or both."

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


Steven Stanley
"In an era in which more than one established playwright has found success in Hollywood while still writing for the stage, Anne Kenney's reverse path makes the 25-year TV vet unique in L.A. theater. With luck, her emotionally potent stage debut won't be Kenney's last venture into theatrical waters."

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


Kathy Flynn
"Last Call is a brilliant piece of theatre; honest, warm, and darkly comic with a wry edge . Each of the characters is fully-fleshed out, messy and complex, and the performances, each of which is pitch-perfect, bring these terrible, wonderful, complicated human beings to life."

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


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"There is enough mordant humor in Last Call to label it a dramedy, but as the action swirls to a shocking climax, the show is difficult to watch, and is only saved by the strange, winsome relationship of Ricky, Jade, and, ultimately, Jill. An endearing slide show at the end is not enough of a dénoument to ameliorate the unease of this audience member."

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


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"The characters' circumstances are interesting and potentially involving, but the text keeps things on the surface."

sweet-sour - Samuel Garza Bernsein - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


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"Last Call is more unsettling than it is darkly funny. The intriguing part of the story is the relationship between the aging, ailing parents and the way the family copes with their imminent decline. But the story spends most of its time focusing on the quibbles of the petty, immature siblings. We never get to the heart, the pain or the humor of the story — the kids are too busy bickering."

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


Carol Kaufman Segal
"Last Call is a very well written play with a fine cast, but due to the seriousness of its subject, it is not intended to simply be entertaining, but thought provoking."

sweet - Carol Kaufman Segal - Carol's Culture Corner - ...read full review


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"The solution to the dilemma may prove controversial but it's realistic. Long ago we have come to the conclusion that the world of medicine has succeeded in prolonging life but has failed to help maintain the quality of life. This is a reminder."

sweet - Ingrid Wilmot - Will Call - ...read full review


Patrick Chavis
"Last Call is not perfect, but it's a solid production about a complex topic. And for that alone it's worth exploring."

sweet-sour - Matthew Robinson - LA Theatre Bites - ...read full review


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"The play is unsettling and uncomfortable outside of the humor, which is exactly how it should be. There is no final group hug, no universal apologies and forgiveness, no happy ending, but that's life many times, and the subject is universal, most of us will face these issues as they relate to parents and family members or to ourselves, or both."

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


Steven Stanley
"In an era in which more than one established playwright has found success in Hollywood while still writing for the stage, Anne Kenney's reverse path makes the 25-year TV vet unique in L.A. theater. With luck, her emotionally potent stage debut won't be Kenney's last venture into theatrical waters."

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


Kathy Flynn
"Last Call is a brilliant piece of theatre; honest, warm, and darkly comic with a wry edge . Each of the characters is fully-fleshed out, messy and complex, and the performances, each of which is pitch-perfect, bring these terrible, wonderful, complicated human beings to life."

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


Avatar
"There is enough mordant humor in Last Call to label it a dramedy, but as the action swirls to a shocking climax, the show is difficult to watch, and is only saved by the strange, winsome relationship of Ricky, Jade, and, ultimately, Jill. An endearing slide show at the end is not enough of a dénoument to ameliorate the unease of this audience member."

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


Avatar
"The characters' circumstances are interesting and potentially involving, but the text keeps things on the surface."

sweet-sour - Samuel Garza Bernsein - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Avatar
"Last Call is more unsettling than it is darkly funny. The intriguing part of the story is the relationship between the aging, ailing parents and the way the family copes with their imminent decline. But the story spends most of its time focusing on the quibbles of the petty, immature siblings. We never get to the heart, the pain or the humor of the story — the kids are too busy bickering."

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


Carol Kaufman Segal
"Last Call is a very well written play with a fine cast, but due to the seriousness of its subject, it is not intended to simply be entertaining, but thought provoking."

sweet - Carol Kaufman Segal - Carol's Culture Corner - ...read full review


Avatar
"The solution to the dilemma may prove controversial but it's realistic. Long ago we have come to the conclusion that the world of medicine has succeeded in prolonging life but has failed to help maintain the quality of life. This is a reminder."

sweet - Ingrid Wilmot - Will Call - ...read full review


Patrick Chavis
"Last Call is not perfect, but it's a solid production about a complex topic. And for that alone it's worth exploring."

sweet-sour - Matthew Robinson - LA Theatre Bites - ...read full review