LOOSE KNIT

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Reviews: 10

Audience

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The Group Rep presents LOOSE KNIT, written by Theresa Rebeck, directed by L. Flint Esquerra, produced by Katelyn Ann Clark, A seductively smart, dark comedy about women, men and knitting things…together. As the sweaters pile up, their lives fall apart. August 2 – September 8. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm; Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Talkback Sundays, August 11 and Sunday, August 25 after the matinee. General Admission: $25. Students/Seniors with ID: $20. Groups 10+: $15. Buy tickets and information: www.thegrouprep.com or (818) 763-5990. Lonny Chapman Theatre-Main Stage, 10900 Burbank Boulevard, North Hollywood 91601.

Reviews

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It’s a delightful play with a fabulous cast.

sweet - Morna Murphy Martell - Theatre Spoken Here - ...read full review


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A darkly humorous look at trying to have it all, the Group Repertory Theatre’s production of Loose Knit features fine acting and thoughtful direction as it blends feminism and farce...

Director L. Flint Esquerra keeps the stitches and lines flying, blending overlapping dialogue and heated exchanges into a soulful mix of pungent satire and deep emotion.

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


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Loose Knit is meant to be a character study, a dialogue-heavy emotional drama. Instead, it serves as a reminder of how important a good text can be, and how difficult it is to overcome a bad one.

sour - Nikki Munoz - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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Overall, we found the play to be reasonably funny and an accurate portrayal of knitting groups. The women seemed to genuinely care about each other, and the resolution at the end worked well. I think the play is well worth seeing, and it reminded us of the quality performances that come out of Group Rep (we were last at the theatre in 2016)

sweet - Daniel Faigin - Observations Along the Road - ...read full review


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Theresa Rebeck’s writing is crisp and witty, but at the same time biting and difficult to hear. It’s funny and sad, honest yet sly. We want to turn away from the intensity, but are drawn to it nonetheless. It’s almost unnerving, but we can’t turn away. You feel uncomfortable, but isn’t that how life sometimes is? And the performances by all of the actors are exceptional. There are truly emotional scenes, and they leave all of it on the stage. All the characters’ flaws are laid bare.

sweet - Cathy Wayne - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


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Playwright Theresa Rebeck outlines this battle between the sexes with wit, ferocity and insight to create a contemporary comedy of manners.

sweet - Morna Murphy Martell - Theatre Spoken Here - ...read full review


Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

The script is frankly dated and the depiction of women in desperation for a man doesn’t play well. The fault lies not with actors, but with the play. The men don’t fare well either. The good guy, Bob, sees nothing wrong with cheating on his wife, smiling through all the scenes. And Miles and his notebook objectify the women he dates. All the characters are, frankly, thinly drawn.

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


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Esquerra is a brilliant director who understands that art is a reflection of life, but that that angle of refrain depends on how heightened the reality is. The veteran stage director simply sees and does what very few other directors can or ever will. Esquerra assembles a deeply gifted cast that comprehends the complex and creative patterns and undertones of the playwright’s work.

sweet - Radomir Luza - At the Theatre - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal

Theresa Rebeck has written an extraodinary play that is very funny, while at the same time, quite witty.- Highly Recommended

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


Don Grigware

Theresa Rebeck is a glorious playwright. Unexpected encounters arise filled with diabolical humor. The seven actors are sensational under L Flint Esquerra's fluid direction.

sweet - Don Grigware - Grigware Reviews - ...read full review


Avatar

It’s a delightful play with a fabulous cast.

sweet - Morna Murphy Martell - Theatre Spoken Here - ...read full review


Avatar

A darkly humorous look at trying to have it all, the Group Repertory Theatre’s production of Loose Knit features fine acting and thoughtful direction as it blends feminism and farce...

Director L. Flint Esquerra keeps the stitches and lines flying, blending overlapping dialogue and heated exchanges into a soulful mix of pungent satire and deep emotion.

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


Avatar

Loose Knit is meant to be a character study, a dialogue-heavy emotional drama. Instead, it serves as a reminder of how important a good text can be, and how difficult it is to overcome a bad one.

sour - Nikki Munoz - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Avatar

Overall, we found the play to be reasonably funny and an accurate portrayal of knitting groups. The women seemed to genuinely care about each other, and the resolution at the end worked well. I think the play is well worth seeing, and it reminded us of the quality performances that come out of Group Rep (we were last at the theatre in 2016)

sweet - Daniel Faigin - Observations Along the Road - ...read full review


Avatar

Theresa Rebeck’s writing is crisp and witty, but at the same time biting and difficult to hear. It’s funny and sad, honest yet sly. We want to turn away from the intensity, but are drawn to it nonetheless. It’s almost unnerving, but we can’t turn away. You feel uncomfortable, but isn’t that how life sometimes is? And the performances by all of the actors are exceptional. There are truly emotional scenes, and they leave all of it on the stage. All the characters’ flaws are laid bare.

sweet - Cathy Wayne - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


Avatar

Playwright Theresa Rebeck outlines this battle between the sexes with wit, ferocity and insight to create a contemporary comedy of manners.

sweet - Morna Murphy Martell - Theatre Spoken Here - ...read full review


Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

The script is frankly dated and the depiction of women in desperation for a man doesn’t play well. The fault lies not with actors, but with the play. The men don’t fare well either. The good guy, Bob, sees nothing wrong with cheating on his wife, smiling through all the scenes. And Miles and his notebook objectify the women he dates. All the characters are, frankly, thinly drawn.

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


Avatar

Esquerra is a brilliant director who understands that art is a reflection of life, but that that angle of refrain depends on how heightened the reality is. The veteran stage director simply sees and does what very few other directors can or ever will. Esquerra assembles a deeply gifted cast that comprehends the complex and creative patterns and undertones of the playwright’s work.

sweet - Radomir Luza - At the Theatre - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal

Theresa Rebeck has written an extraodinary play that is very funny, while at the same time, quite witty.- Highly Recommended

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


Don Grigware

Theresa Rebeck is a glorious playwright. Unexpected encounters arise filled with diabolical humor. The seven actors are sensational under L Flint Esquerra's fluid direction.

sweet - Don Grigware - Grigware Reviews - ...read full review