Nancy F***ing Reagan

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Reviews: 12

Audience

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Judith Taranto presents

"Nancy F***ing Reagan" - A World Premiere Production
written by Daniel Hurewitz
directed by Larry Margo

David is trying to turn 50 graciously, and his best friend Maggie has even organized a Palm Springs weekend for a few friends. But the death of the former First Lady that same week provokes David’s festering anger, reminding him how the unchecked AIDS epidemic diminished his life and left him single for so many years. Gently cajoled by his friends to let go of the past, David struggles, sometimes comically, to embrace the future but not forget his history.

Featuring: Colbert Alembert, Amy Kersten*, Mark Sande*, Greg Ivan Smith*, Kiff Scholl, Debi Tinsley*, Safiya Quinley

Set Design: Chris Winfield
Lighting Design: Doug Gabrielle
Costume Design/Props: Cheryl Crosland
Sound Design: Steve Shaw
Graphic Design: Doug Haverty
Under the Stage Management of John Freeland, Jr.
Producer: Judith Taranto

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Playing July 12 – August 4, 2019 at the Secret Rose Theatre located at 11246 W Magnolia Blvd., North Hollwyood, CA 91601.

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 2:00 PM

For discount tickets, use promo code "NFRNFR"

Parking is available in the public parking lot on the north side of Magnolia Blvd, and on the street. Please pay attention to the posted signs and bring plenty of change.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States of America.

Reviews

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The direction by Larry Mango was solid and engaging.  Its subject matter took me back to a time where thousands of people were dying from an insidious disease made worse by not being mentioned by the most powerful and influential couple.

sweet - Javier Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


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The performances are energetic, as they navigate serious conversations with a light touch...

...Laughter helps us find release and get perspective, during a serious story. What terrific insight she has about this thought-provoking production.

sweet - Bob Rich - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


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The subject of the play is something we need to witness, understand and discuss. The execution of it lacks the clarity that ultimately diffuses any power it might have.

sour - Christine Deitner - The Theatre Times - ...read full review


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Overall, Nancy F***ing Reagan features compelling dialogue and a strong dynamic that draws us in. The characters and their relationships are believable. The rising tension is not only effectively paced, but transfixing. While the play is blatant in its criticism of Reagan’s policy on AIDS, it is also a careful and thoughtful character study that examines how this tragedy continues to affect in the lives of the individuals connected to it. Despite shortcomings in plot and structure, this play lingers in the mind — much like the impact of AIDS still lingers today.

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


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In this skillfully produced new play, Nancy F***ing Reagan, David (Kiff Scholl) turns 50, so he joins his friend Maggie (Debi Tinsley) and a few companions for a Palm Springs vacation. They banter about the Reagan administration from the ‘80s, especially the social challenges then. Eventually, David and a friend declare their views on live television.

The performances are energetic, as they navigate serious conversations with a light touch. The set feels just like a Palm Springs getaway, with festive artwork and a table topped by wine bottles.

sweet - Bob Rich - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


Cynthia Citron

It’s been nearly 35 years since the beloved film star Rock Hudson died of a heretofore unknown disease called AIDS. At the time, Ronald Reagan, who had been a movie star himself (although not a beloved one) was president. He reacted to news of the malady that was soon to take the lives of a generation of men with indifference and denial. If he had had access to the damning terminology of our current president, he might have dismissed this tragedy as “just a Chinese hoax.”

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


Carol Kaufman Segal

Larry Margo directs this well presented production aided by an outstanding cast.

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


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...a tight, talented, and hilarious ensemble cast; under the experienced directorial hand of L.A. theater veteran Larry Margo, they make “Nancy F***ing Reagan” a hilariously confrontational joy that is worthy of the boldness of its title.

sweet - John Paul King - Los Angeles Blade - ...read full review


Don Grigware

Daniel Hurewitz's clean, crisp writing is the best element of this production. Acting is terrific especially from Debi Tinsley and Kiff Scholl. In spite of how angry the title sounds, there are a lot of laughs and much food for thought for those who have heretofore ignored AIDS and those gays it has deeply affected.

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


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Hurewitz is spot on in writing good characters, dialogue and conflict; each member of the ensemble making a vivid, memorable first impression.

sweet - Bonnie Priever - Curtain Up - ...read full review


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It swings from the funny to the dramatic to the absurd, but manages to do so without ever seeming jarring or unmotivated.

sweet - Ethlie Ann Vare - The Hollywood Times - ...read full review


Avatar

With a solid premise and taut dialogue, “Nancy F**king Reagan” comes across entertaining with a poignant message. The cast as a whole is so well cast that it felt like I was eavesdropping on a weekend with friends... The direction by Larry Mango was solid and engaging.

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


Avatar

The direction by Larry Mango was solid and engaging.  Its subject matter took me back to a time where thousands of people were dying from an insidious disease made worse by not being mentioned by the most powerful and influential couple.

sweet - Javier Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


Avatar

The performances are energetic, as they navigate serious conversations with a light touch...

...Laughter helps us find release and get perspective, during a serious story. What terrific insight she has about this thought-provoking production.

sweet - Bob Rich - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


Avatar

The subject of the play is something we need to witness, understand and discuss. The execution of it lacks the clarity that ultimately diffuses any power it might have.

sour - Christine Deitner - The Theatre Times - ...read full review


Avatar

Overall, Nancy F***ing Reagan features compelling dialogue and a strong dynamic that draws us in. The characters and their relationships are believable. The rising tension is not only effectively paced, but transfixing. While the play is blatant in its criticism of Reagan’s policy on AIDS, it is also a careful and thoughtful character study that examines how this tragedy continues to affect in the lives of the individuals connected to it. Despite shortcomings in plot and structure, this play lingers in the mind — much like the impact of AIDS still lingers today.

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


Avatar

In this skillfully produced new play, Nancy F***ing Reagan, David (Kiff Scholl) turns 50, so he joins his friend Maggie (Debi Tinsley) and a few companions for a Palm Springs vacation. They banter about the Reagan administration from the ‘80s, especially the social challenges then. Eventually, David and a friend declare their views on live television.

The performances are energetic, as they navigate serious conversations with a light touch. The set feels just like a Palm Springs getaway, with festive artwork and a table topped by wine bottles.

sweet - Bob Rich - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


Cynthia Citron

It’s been nearly 35 years since the beloved film star Rock Hudson died of a heretofore unknown disease called AIDS. At the time, Ronald Reagan, who had been a movie star himself (although not a beloved one) was president. He reacted to news of the malady that was soon to take the lives of a generation of men with indifference and denial. If he had had access to the damning terminology of our current president, he might have dismissed this tragedy as “just a Chinese hoax.”

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


Carol Kaufman Segal

Larry Margo directs this well presented production aided by an outstanding cast.

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


Avatar

...a tight, talented, and hilarious ensemble cast; under the experienced directorial hand of L.A. theater veteran Larry Margo, they make “Nancy F***ing Reagan” a hilariously confrontational joy that is worthy of the boldness of its title.

sweet - John Paul King - Los Angeles Blade - ...read full review


Don Grigware

Daniel Hurewitz's clean, crisp writing is the best element of this production. Acting is terrific especially from Debi Tinsley and Kiff Scholl. In spite of how angry the title sounds, there are a lot of laughs and much food for thought for those who have heretofore ignored AIDS and those gays it has deeply affected.

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


Avatar

Hurewitz is spot on in writing good characters, dialogue and conflict; each member of the ensemble making a vivid, memorable first impression.

sweet - Bonnie Priever - Curtain Up - ...read full review


Avatar

It swings from the funny to the dramatic to the absurd, but manages to do so without ever seeming jarring or unmotivated.

sweet - Ethlie Ann Vare - The Hollywood Times - ...read full review


Avatar

With a solid premise and taut dialogue, “Nancy F**king Reagan” comes across entertaining with a poignant message. The cast as a whole is so well cast that it felt like I was eavesdropping on a weekend with friends... The direction by Larry Mango was solid and engaging.

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