THE CAPE AND THE KLAN

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The Group Rep presents The Cape and the Klan a new play by Tin Penavic and Ted Ryan, directed by Stan Mazin, produced by Kyra Schwartz and Ted Ryan, a dramedy based on a true story about a lone reporter who goes undercover to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan in 1951, as the Civil Rights Movement for desegregation is in full swing.

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Carol Kaufman Segal
"Stan Mazin directs a brilliant cast that also includes Veronica (Natalia Santamaria), Harry's wife, and Rita Walker (Shalonda Shaw-Reese) whose small, but crucial, role is especially emotional. - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Carol Kaufman Segal - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon
"The play is written in an unadorned, expository style with little room for subtlety or poetry, and none of the sure, sardonic noir sensibility of that era—strangely like the lifeless radio scripts these hapless actors are given to hyperventilate into listeners' ears. Characters are given little of the moral ambiguity which makes them interesting. Certain references are made for today's audiences, such as all of Sam's talk about making America great again, and his fear of seeing a Black man in the White House one day. If this work is to go anywhere beyond North Hollywood, a play doctor will be required to punch up the dialogue to resuscitate the patient. I do believe it could conceivably be made to zing! bam! and pow! the way the authors no doubt imagined. Having said which, I should say, however, that the premise is charming, and the actors give it their best. It's always fun to watch radio actors and their invisible hijinks. As it stands now, I would not recommend that theatergoers necessarily “run, run, run” to the Lonny Chapman Theatre, but if you do happen to be interested in the period or the topic, you will have an enjoyable time."

sweet-sour - Eric A Gordon - ...read full review


"It's all very heady stuff…and it could easily be dismissed as a bit of fun entertainment and totally miss the importance of the story.  But the capable folks at the Group Rep prove that you can move people, make them laugh and, most importantly, make them think. ... The writers Tin Penavic and Ted Ryan took the work of Stetson Kennedy, the actual undercover journalist, and turned it into this brilliant depiction of these astonishing and rather timely events. The cast are really wonderful and take us right back to the days of radio…all standing around a microphone, scripts in hand, waiting for their moments…brilliant!! It's simply but hugely effectively staged and directed. This play has spirit, gusto, glamour, humor and heart…I loved it! I highly recommend “The Cape and The Klan” - but don't dawdle…it's a short run!!"

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


"Director Stan Mazin crafts an energetic production full of emotional swings and poignancy, drawing fine performances from his cast, particularly in the radio show reproductions, which really help sell the story. Production work is first rate, particularly the beautiful costumes."

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


Carol Kaufman Segal
"Stan Mazin directs a brilliant cast that also includes Veronica (Natalia Santamaria), Henry;s wife, and Rita Walker (Shalonda Shaw-Reese) whose small, but crucial, role is especilly emotional. -  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Carol Kaufman Segal - ...read full review


Ron Irwin
"...for a serious deeply entertaining drama you really must see The Cape and the Klan currently playing at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood...The Cape and the Klan is a show deserving of worldwide attention...This is as close to a must see show as I have ever witnessed and to see it all you need to do is to either go online at: www.thegrouprep.com or call 818-763-5990. Currently it is scheduled to run only Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and Sundays at 7:00 p.m. now through March 18th 2018."

sweet - Ron Irwin - LA Post-Examiner - ...read full review


Don Grigware
"It's rare when a new play stimulates as well as entertains. The Cape and The Klan is such a play. A great fan of Superman, I laud director Stan Mazin and his fine cast. Extended through March 18."

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


Carol Kaufman Segal
"Stan Mazin directs a brilliant cast that also includes Veronica (Natalia Santamaria), Harry's wife, and Rita Walker (Shalonda Shaw-Reese) whose small, but crucial, role is especially emotional. - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Carol Kaufman Segal - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon
"The play is written in an unadorned, expository style with little room for subtlety or poetry, and none of the sure, sardonic noir sensibility of that era—strangely like the lifeless radio scripts these hapless actors are given to hyperventilate into listeners' ears. Characters are given little of the moral ambiguity which makes them interesting. Certain references are made for today's audiences, such as all of Sam's talk about making America great again, and his fear of seeing a Black man in the White House one day. If this work is to go anywhere beyond North Hollywood, a play doctor will be required to punch up the dialogue to resuscitate the patient. I do believe it could conceivably be made to zing! bam! and pow! the way the authors no doubt imagined. Having said which, I should say, however, that the premise is charming, and the actors give it their best. It's always fun to watch radio actors and their invisible hijinks. As it stands now, I would not recommend that theatergoers necessarily “run, run, run” to the Lonny Chapman Theatre, but if you do happen to be interested in the period or the topic, you will have an enjoyable time."

sweet-sour - Eric A Gordon - ...read full review


"It's all very heady stuff…and it could easily be dismissed as a bit of fun entertainment and totally miss the importance of the story.  But the capable folks at the Group Rep prove that you can move people, make them laugh and, most importantly, make them think. ... The writers Tin Penavic and Ted Ryan took the work of Stetson Kennedy, the actual undercover journalist, and turned it into this brilliant depiction of these astonishing and rather timely events. The cast are really wonderful and take us right back to the days of radio…all standing around a microphone, scripts in hand, waiting for their moments…brilliant!! It's simply but hugely effectively staged and directed. This play has spirit, gusto, glamour, humor and heart…I loved it! I highly recommend “The Cape and The Klan” - but don't dawdle…it's a short run!!"

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


"Director Stan Mazin crafts an energetic production full of emotional swings and poignancy, drawing fine performances from his cast, particularly in the radio show reproductions, which really help sell the story. Production work is first rate, particularly the beautiful costumes."

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


Carol Kaufman Segal
"Stan Mazin directs a brilliant cast that also includes Veronica (Natalia Santamaria), Henry;s wife, and Rita Walker (Shalonda Shaw-Reese) whose small, but crucial, role is especilly emotional. -  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Carol Kaufman Segal - ...read full review


Ron Irwin
"...for a serious deeply entertaining drama you really must see The Cape and the Klan currently playing at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood...The Cape and the Klan is a show deserving of worldwide attention...This is as close to a must see show as I have ever witnessed and to see it all you need to do is to either go online at: www.thegrouprep.com or call 818-763-5990. Currently it is scheduled to run only Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and Sundays at 7:00 p.m. now through March 18th 2018."

sweet - Ron Irwin - LA Post-Examiner - ...read full review


Don Grigware
"It's rare when a new play stimulates as well as entertains. The Cape and The Klan is such a play. A great fan of Superman, I laud director Stan Mazin and his fine cast. Extended through March 18."

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