The Gin Game

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Reviews: 7

Audience

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Reviews: 0

Sun Jun 16, 12:00am

Weller Martin tries desperately to retain some control over his life despite falling into ill health and becoming a reluctant resident of a nursing home. Fonsia Dorsey serves as the symbol of all gone wrong, and his battles with her, though over a simple game of gin, become not only a conflict with the woman but with divine will itself. Written by D.L. Coburn (Pulitzer Prize). Directed by Christian Lebano. Starring Alan Blumenfeld and Katherine James.

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Reviews

"Playwright Colburn cannily wrings every ounce of comedy from Martin's bad temper, creating a pair of richly memorable characters by filling in their back-story and revealing what they have in common. Along the way, he examines the plight of seniors stuck, sometimes unwillingly, in old age homes. Director Christian Lebano captures every available nuance and draws terrific performances from his actors. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Neal Weaver - Stage Raw - ...read full review


"Wonderful production, don't miss it!"

sweet - Carol Edger-Germain - Colorado Boulevard - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Rare is the play that offers actors of Social Security check-receiving age the chance to take center stage, and equally rare are performers capable of captivating an audience for nearly two hours without a hitch. The Gin Game, starring Alan Blumenfeld and Katherine James, does both to indelible effect."

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


Leigh Kennicott
"D. L. Coburn hangs his deeply affecting tale about ageism onto a marathon Gin Game in a retirement home back in the late 70s. Husband and wife team, Katherine James and Alan Blumenfeld play Fonsia Dorsey and Weller Martin, respectively. Both have wound up in the Bentley Home for the Aged, a low-income retirement facility and they soon became friends over Weller's obsession with the game of Gin Rummy. Under Christian Lebano's well paced dynamic, their relationship builds slowly until the play's explosive ending."

sweet - Leigh Kennicott - ShowMag - ...read full review


Frances Baum Nicholson
"An articulate, well-known play is produced with great polish and passion. The visuals are evocative. The performers are impressive. The net result is well worth the price of admission."

sweet - Frances Baum Nicholson - Pasadena Star News - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon
"Weller and Fonsia are both intelligent people, but with character flaws that have turned almost every decision they ever made into a wrong move. At this stage of their lives they are desperate to hold onto some semblance of personal dignity now that they are alone, penniless, not physically well, and living in profoundly “reduced circumstances” as the Victorian novelists used to say. The card games they play recall nothing so much as the famous chess match between the medieval knight Antonius Block and Death in Ingmar Bergman's 1957 classic film The Seventh Seal, set during the black plague. The absurdist course of these innocent games will end up determining the fate of these two tragic, lonely people who seem at any moment as if they could be each other's salvation. The Gin Game is helmed by the award-winning Artistic Director of Sierra Madre Playhouse Christian Lebano, who probably didn't have to work too hard to bring out these masterful actors' perfect senses of timing and tone. There is not a false note in the show."

sweet - Eric A Gordon - People's World - ...read full review


"It's amusing, it's witty, it's sober, and even holds just a hint of romance. Christian Lebano directs this show that is tight with emotion, and is loose with its charm and personality."

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


"Playwright Colburn cannily wrings every ounce of comedy from Martin's bad temper, creating a pair of richly memorable characters by filling in their back-story and revealing what they have in common. Along the way, he examines the plight of seniors stuck, sometimes unwillingly, in old age homes. Director Christian Lebano captures every available nuance and draws terrific performances from his actors. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Neal Weaver - Stage Raw - ...read full review


"Wonderful production, don't miss it!"

sweet - Carol Edger-Germain - Colorado Boulevard - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Rare is the play that offers actors of Social Security check-receiving age the chance to take center stage, and equally rare are performers capable of captivating an audience for nearly two hours without a hitch. The Gin Game, starring Alan Blumenfeld and Katherine James, does both to indelible effect."

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


Leigh Kennicott
"D. L. Coburn hangs his deeply affecting tale about ageism onto a marathon Gin Game in a retirement home back in the late 70s. Husband and wife team, Katherine James and Alan Blumenfeld play Fonsia Dorsey and Weller Martin, respectively. Both have wound up in the Bentley Home for the Aged, a low-income retirement facility and they soon became friends over Weller's obsession with the game of Gin Rummy. Under Christian Lebano's well paced dynamic, their relationship builds slowly until the play's explosive ending."

sweet - Leigh Kennicott - ShowMag - ...read full review


Frances Baum Nicholson
"An articulate, well-known play is produced with great polish and passion. The visuals are evocative. The performers are impressive. The net result is well worth the price of admission."

sweet - Frances Baum Nicholson - Pasadena Star News - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon
"Weller and Fonsia are both intelligent people, but with character flaws that have turned almost every decision they ever made into a wrong move. At this stage of their lives they are desperate to hold onto some semblance of personal dignity now that they are alone, penniless, not physically well, and living in profoundly “reduced circumstances” as the Victorian novelists used to say. The card games they play recall nothing so much as the famous chess match between the medieval knight Antonius Block and Death in Ingmar Bergman's 1957 classic film The Seventh Seal, set during the black plague. The absurdist course of these innocent games will end up determining the fate of these two tragic, lonely people who seem at any moment as if they could be each other's salvation. The Gin Game is helmed by the award-winning Artistic Director of Sierra Madre Playhouse Christian Lebano, who probably didn't have to work too hard to bring out these masterful actors' perfect senses of timing and tone. There is not a false note in the show."

sweet - Eric A Gordon - People's World - ...read full review


"It's amusing, it's witty, it's sober, and even holds just a hint of romance. Christian Lebano directs this show that is tight with emotion, and is loose with its charm and personality."

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review