THE CONSUL, THE TRAMP AND AMERICA'S SWEETHEART

Critics

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Reviews: 10

Audience

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Reviews: 0

As World War II is about to break out, it's Hollywood that is the center of attention in the comedy The Consul, The Tramp and America's Sweetheart. As Charlie Chaplin begins production on his first talking picture, The Great Dictator, the German consul wants to shut the film down. Based on a true story, the West Coast premiere of this play explores the powers of art, politics, commerce, free speech and what it means to be an American.

Reviews

Jules Aaron directs this program in a very tight method where the comedy and action never buckles down for one moment!

sweet - Rich Borowy - ...read full review


Everyone in this country, not just the Beverly Hills area in which the theatre is located, should see this uber-relevant play. And, outside of the politics, I hope it inspires audience members to research Chaplin and United Artists, in general, and this period in history in specific. I've spent many hours doing just that in the days since I saw The Consul, The Tramp, and America's Sweetheart, and it's all been fascinating. I thank Theatre 40 for bringing this new knowledge into my purview.

sweet - Karen Salkin - ...read full review


Theater 40 has given The Consul a worthy production, starting with Jeff G. Rack's splendid, spacious set (with Hollywood backdrop mural by Jeff Raum) and continuing with Michele Young's period costumes and Ric Zimmerman's clever lighting. Mustn't forget Jules Aaron's expert, snappy direction either.

sweet - Willard Manus - ...read full review


Not only was the acting, directing and choreography superb , but pretty much historically -and sadly - accurate.   This play wasn't just a 10, it was a 12.

sweet - Serita Stevens - ...read full review


The ensuing struggle between all of the characters, ... is some of the best theater you will ever see.  Jules Aaron does a very fine job of directing a marvelous cast who suit their roles perfectly. Stanton's portrayal of Charlie Chaplin is magnificent. Watching Savage as a member of the Nazi Party can make your skin crawl.  Melanie Chartoff is a very cool Mary Pickford, which is how I suspect Pickford would have been in her position.  And very talented Laura Lee Walsh making her Theatre 40 debut, is delightful as Miss Hollombe as well as when she takes on other roles in the play.

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


As a Hollywood history lesson, a fly-on-the-wall glimpse at a pair of movie legends, and a thought-provoking reminder that “plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose,” The Consul, The Tramp, And America's Sweetheart could hardly arrive at a more propitious time. It is Theatre 40 at its very best.

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


Directed with panache by Jules Aaron, aided by Michele Bernath's rambunctious choreography. The sublime old-Hollywood set by Jeff G. Rack is lit by Ric Zimmerman. Produced for Theatre 40 by David Hunt Stafford.

sweet - Morna Murphy Martell - ...read full review


Southern California audiences are fortunate indeed to have this great production available to them, and by the way on an elegant set by Jeff G. Rack that captures the period so intimately well. This is a bravura performance all around, and shouldn't be missed.

sweet - Eric Gordon - ...read full review


Whether by luck or prescience, The Consul, the Tramp and America's Sweetheart turns out to be a surprisingly topical theater piece for the present moment. Plus there are some laughs. It may not be a play for the ages, but I gotta say, it hits the right spot right now.

sweet-sour - Lyle Zimskind - ...read full review


As directed by Jules Aaron who thoroughly presents a very entertaining look at a challenging moment of Hollywood history, each of the character's motivations and emotions are fully expressed, showing us their individual desires and needs in achieving their dreams.

sweet - Shari Barrett - ...read full review


Jules Aaron directs this program in a very tight method where the comedy and action never buckles down for one moment!

sweet - Rich Borowy - ...read full review


Everyone in this country, not just the Beverly Hills area in which the theatre is located, should see this uber-relevant play. And, outside of the politics, I hope it inspires audience members to research Chaplin and United Artists, in general, and this period in history in specific. I've spent many hours doing just that in the days since I saw The Consul, The Tramp, and America's Sweetheart, and it's all been fascinating. I thank Theatre 40 for bringing this new knowledge into my purview.

sweet - Karen Salkin - ...read full review


Theater 40 has given The Consul a worthy production, starting with Jeff G. Rack's splendid, spacious set (with Hollywood backdrop mural by Jeff Raum) and continuing with Michele Young's period costumes and Ric Zimmerman's clever lighting. Mustn't forget Jules Aaron's expert, snappy direction either.

sweet - Willard Manus - ...read full review


Not only was the acting, directing and choreography superb , but pretty much historically -and sadly - accurate.   This play wasn't just a 10, it was a 12.

sweet - Serita Stevens - ...read full review


The ensuing struggle between all of the characters, ... is some of the best theater you will ever see.  Jules Aaron does a very fine job of directing a marvelous cast who suit their roles perfectly. Stanton's portrayal of Charlie Chaplin is magnificent. Watching Savage as a member of the Nazi Party can make your skin crawl.  Melanie Chartoff is a very cool Mary Pickford, which is how I suspect Pickford would have been in her position.  And very talented Laura Lee Walsh making her Theatre 40 debut, is delightful as Miss Hollombe as well as when she takes on other roles in the play.

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


As a Hollywood history lesson, a fly-on-the-wall glimpse at a pair of movie legends, and a thought-provoking reminder that “plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose,” The Consul, The Tramp, And America's Sweetheart could hardly arrive at a more propitious time. It is Theatre 40 at its very best.

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


Directed with panache by Jules Aaron, aided by Michele Bernath's rambunctious choreography. The sublime old-Hollywood set by Jeff G. Rack is lit by Ric Zimmerman. Produced for Theatre 40 by David Hunt Stafford.

sweet - Morna Murphy Martell - ...read full review


Southern California audiences are fortunate indeed to have this great production available to them, and by the way on an elegant set by Jeff G. Rack that captures the period so intimately well. This is a bravura performance all around, and shouldn't be missed.

sweet - Eric Gordon - ...read full review


Whether by luck or prescience, The Consul, the Tramp and America's Sweetheart turns out to be a surprisingly topical theater piece for the present moment. Plus there are some laughs. It may not be a play for the ages, but I gotta say, it hits the right spot right now.

sweet-sour - Lyle Zimskind - ...read full review


As directed by Jules Aaron who thoroughly presents a very entertaining look at a challenging moment of Hollywood history, each of the character's motivations and emotions are fully expressed, showing us their individual desires and needs in achieving their dreams.

sweet - Shari Barrett - ...read full review