ROPE

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Reviews: 8

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Actors Co-op Theatre Company (Ovation Award-Winner 2017 Best Play, Intimate Theatre for 33 Variations) presents the first show in its 27th Season with the thriller ROPE, written by Patrick Hamilton, directed by Ken Sawyer, produced by Kevin Shewey.  ROPE will preview Thursday, September 20 at 8pm and will open Friday, September 21 at 8pm and run through Sunday, October 29 at the Actors Co-op Crossley  in Hollywood.

Chasing a dangerous thrill and "for the fun of the thing," two students commit the perfect murder. Motivated by pride and vanity, Wyndham Brandon hides the body in a wooden chest right under the noses of his unsuspecting dinner guests! The play was later adapted into the 1948 Alfred Hitchcock film.

The cast features the talents of Kyle Anderson, Burt Grinstead*, Elizabeth Herron*, David Huynh, Carl Johnson*, Deborah Marlowe, Heidi Palomino, and Donnie Smith*.

The design team includes Hellen Harwell (Scenic Design and Property Design), Matthew Richter (Lighting Design), Adam R. Macias (Sound Design), Paula Higgins (Costume Design),  Lydia Soto (Stage Manager), and David Scales (Production Manager).

About Show Times and Tickets:  ROPE will preview Thursday, September 20 at 8:00 pm and will open on Friday, September 21 at 8 pm and run through October 28, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 2:30 pm.   Special Saturday Matinees are September 29 and October 6 at 2:30 pm.  Adults: $35.00.  Seniors (60+): $30.00.  Students with ID: $25.00.  Adult themes, recommended for Ages 13 years and older.  Group rates available for parties of six or more.  To buy tickets or make reservations please visit www.ActorsCo-op.org or call (323) 462-8460.  Actors Co-op Crossley Theatre. 1760 N. Gower St. 90028 (on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood) in Hollywood.

Reviews

Deborah Klugman

Though Grinstead invests his enormous reserves of energy and skill into this supercilious villain, and elsewhere there are able supporting performances, these efforts aren't enough to compensate for Hamilton's cliched, outdated dialogue and wooden characters.

sweet-sour - Deborah Klugman - StageRaw - ...read full review


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A wonderful and brilliant show filled with intrigue and secrecy. Everything takes place in the living room and it looks amazing. Helen Harwell does an amazing job in creating a welcoming and appealing atmosphere and Paula Higgins taste in clothes is remarkable. Everyone is dressed impeccable...This is the first production of the 27th season and it's a hell of a exciting start.

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


Rob Stevens

The synopsis in the Samuel French catalog for Rope says “the horror and tension are worked up gradually”. That is not the case here. The action begins with a series of hysterical blackouts involving the murderers and never stops to take a breath. There is not a soupcon of subtlety in the direction or acting on view.

sour - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Don Grigware

Rope is one of those thrillers that is best seen onstage. Hitchcock's movie was far less impressive. Actors Co-op may be extremely proud of their superior cast and brilliant director Ken Sawyer.

sweet - Don Grigware - BroadwayWorld.com - ...read full review


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...despite some dated references and creakiness, a heightened sense of reality evolves credibly within the frame of the real-time play, aided by Hellen Harwell's set — an intelligent fusion of austere dried-blood-red furniture and astute period features — all complemented by Matthew Richter's film noir-style lighting, Adam R. Macias's scary sound, and Paula Higgins' flapper-era costumes. Rope – filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1948 — remains an engrossing black comedy, highlighting the pitfalls of intellectual vanity and the dangers of the superman complex – quite perfect for our times.

sweet - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Avatar

Rope contains gothic elements, such as a well-timed thunderstorm raging outside, that underscore its vintage. Yet despite its age, Rope addresses timeless issues of conscience and moral responsibility. This is an inside-out thriller, where the audience seeks to learn not who did it, but whether they will pay. Director Ken Sawyer keeps tensions high, and the cast delivers.

sweet - Laura Foti Cohen - Larchmont Buzz - ...read full review


Kathy Flynn

The play tells the story of two "roommates", Wyndham Brandon (Burt Grinstead) and Charles Granillo (David Huynh) who commit the motiveless "perfect crime." The play starts with a cold open, throwing you immediately into the action. The opening scene, lit entirely by candlelight, is thrilling and deliciously disorienting.

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


Steven Stanley

Following last year's play-it-safe season, Actors Co-op is back to the kind of risk-taking it did with Cat's Paw, 33 Variations, and Summer And Smoke. Rope is easily the riskiest bet of all, but one that pays off big time. It's one walloping doozy of a thriller.

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman

Though Grinstead invests his enormous reserves of energy and skill into this supercilious villain, and elsewhere there are able supporting performances, these efforts aren't enough to compensate for Hamilton's cliched, outdated dialogue and wooden characters.

sweet-sour - Deborah Klugman - StageRaw - ...read full review


Avatar

A wonderful and brilliant show filled with intrigue and secrecy. Everything takes place in the living room and it looks amazing. Helen Harwell does an amazing job in creating a welcoming and appealing atmosphere and Paula Higgins taste in clothes is remarkable. Everyone is dressed impeccable...This is the first production of the 27th season and it's a hell of a exciting start.

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


Rob Stevens

The synopsis in the Samuel French catalog for Rope says “the horror and tension are worked up gradually”. That is not the case here. The action begins with a series of hysterical blackouts involving the murderers and never stops to take a breath. There is not a soupcon of subtlety in the direction or acting on view.

sour - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Don Grigware

Rope is one of those thrillers that is best seen onstage. Hitchcock's movie was far less impressive. Actors Co-op may be extremely proud of their superior cast and brilliant director Ken Sawyer.

sweet - Don Grigware - BroadwayWorld.com - ...read full review


Avatar

...despite some dated references and creakiness, a heightened sense of reality evolves credibly within the frame of the real-time play, aided by Hellen Harwell's set — an intelligent fusion of austere dried-blood-red furniture and astute period features — all complemented by Matthew Richter's film noir-style lighting, Adam R. Macias's scary sound, and Paula Higgins' flapper-era costumes. Rope – filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1948 — remains an engrossing black comedy, highlighting the pitfalls of intellectual vanity and the dangers of the superman complex – quite perfect for our times.

sweet - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Avatar

Rope contains gothic elements, such as a well-timed thunderstorm raging outside, that underscore its vintage. Yet despite its age, Rope addresses timeless issues of conscience and moral responsibility. This is an inside-out thriller, where the audience seeks to learn not who did it, but whether they will pay. Director Ken Sawyer keeps tensions high, and the cast delivers.

sweet - Laura Foti Cohen - Larchmont Buzz - ...read full review


Kathy Flynn

The play tells the story of two "roommates", Wyndham Brandon (Burt Grinstead) and Charles Granillo (David Huynh) who commit the motiveless "perfect crime." The play starts with a cold open, throwing you immediately into the action. The opening scene, lit entirely by candlelight, is thrilling and deliciously disorienting.

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


Steven Stanley

Following last year's play-it-safe season, Actors Co-op is back to the kind of risk-taking it did with Cat's Paw, 33 Variations, and Summer And Smoke. Rope is easily the riskiest bet of all, but one that pays off big time. It's one walloping doozy of a thriller.

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review