The Manor: Murder and Madness at Greystone

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Reviews: 4

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The Manor- Murder and Madness at Greystone is by now a Los Angeles/Beverly Hills institution. The play, now in its seventeenth year, surpassed its 200th performance in 2014. The show is a roman a clef, a fictionalization based on real events with the actual historical characters given new names. To lend authenticity to the presentation, the show is presented in the grand and glorious architectural landmark in which the events of 89 years ago actually took place. Audience members are led from room to room in the lovingly restored marvelous Greystone Mansion as different scenes of the narrative are portrayed, leading up to a shocking and apparent murder and suicide. The Manor- Murder and Madness at Greystone depicts momentous changes in the fortunes of the fabulously wealthy MacAlister Family (fictional surrogates of the oil-rich Doheny Family). Family patriarch and mining tycoon Charles makes an illegal if well-intentioned loan to Senator Alfred Winston (a stand-in for Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall). Both men face imminent disgrace and worse in the oncoming Teapot Dome bribery scandal, which will engulf the Warren Harding administration. A scion of the MacAlister family faces violent death. Who is to blame? Written by Kathrine Bates. Directed by Martin Thompson. Original direction by Beverly Olevin.

Reviews

Shari Barrett

Every January I look forward to attending THE MANOR where the story upon which it is based actually took place. Now celebrating its 17th year, the annual production has become a Los Angeles/Beverly Hills institution with several performances selling out even before tickets go on sale to the public. Its popularity, no doubt, is due to the scandalous true story as told by the talented actors, costumed to time-period perfection, as well as the chance to be inside the grand and glorious architectural landmark in which the events of 90 years ago actually took place, performed in two acts taking place 10 years apart. The names of all characters in the Doheny saga have been changed, of course, "to protect the guilty" as we are told before the play begins by the mansion's loyal butler, James (Daniel Lench who has masterfully played the part for 6 years).

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RECOMMENDED - Although traipsing around a mansion might be seen as a drawback to some, I enjoyed the interactive experience that brought the story almost into my lap, thereby creating an even stronger illusion of authenticity in the capturing of events of decades ago...

The director, Martin Thompson, makes sure the acting in every scene is completely fleshed out and staged well. (Thompson also portrays Frank Parsons.) The ensemble's commitment is striking.

sweet - Julyza Commodore - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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With only 7 performances left, if you are intrigued, grab your ticked as soon as possible, you won't be disappointed. The actors are evenly talented, the story is intriguing (even though you know the tragic conclusion because it is based on real events), and being absorbed into the various sets and seeing the action unfold in the actual rooms is more fun and realistic than sitting in a theater watching it unfold on a stage.

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


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Along with viewing the homestead and the grounds, one will witness a great play that's fully loaded with all the drama that such a stage work firmly allows.

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


Shari Barrett

Every January I look forward to attending THE MANOR where the story upon which it is based actually took place. Now celebrating its 17th year, the annual production has become a Los Angeles/Beverly Hills institution with several performances selling out even before tickets go on sale to the public. Its popularity, no doubt, is due to the scandalous true story as told by the talented actors, costumed to time-period perfection, as well as the chance to be inside the grand and glorious architectural landmark in which the events of 90 years ago actually took place, performed in two acts taking place 10 years apart. The names of all characters in the Doheny saga have been changed, of course, "to protect the guilty" as we are told before the play begins by the mansion's loyal butler, James (Daniel Lench who has masterfully played the part for 6 years).

sweet - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


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RECOMMENDED - Although traipsing around a mansion might be seen as a drawback to some, I enjoyed the interactive experience that brought the story almost into my lap, thereby creating an even stronger illusion of authenticity in the capturing of events of decades ago...

The director, Martin Thompson, makes sure the acting in every scene is completely fleshed out and staged well. (Thompson also portrays Frank Parsons.) The ensemble's commitment is striking.

sweet - Julyza Commodore - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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With only 7 performances left, if you are intrigued, grab your ticked as soon as possible, you won't be disappointed. The actors are evenly talented, the story is intriguing (even though you know the tragic conclusion because it is based on real events), and being absorbed into the various sets and seeing the action unfold in the actual rooms is more fun and realistic than sitting in a theater watching it unfold on a stage.

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


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Along with viewing the homestead and the grounds, one will witness a great play that's fully loaded with all the drama that such a stage work firmly allows.

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