The Things We Do

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Fri Apr 26, 8:00pm
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Fri May 10, 8:00pm
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Sun May 12, 2:00pm

Bill falls for Sarah, but she is married to Ted. Ted might be a good match for Alice — who is married to Bill. Elina de Santos directs a painfully funny look at modern relationships. Once trust is broken, how do you get it back? Never Dark Productions presents a visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles, 90025; April 6 – May 12; $35; (310) 477-2055 x2; www.odysseytheatre.com

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Reviews

Shari Barrett
"THE THINGS WE DO, playwright Woods’ second play, realistically presents two couples from differing mindsets as they move from living day-to-day to thinking about their long-range plans and whether or not there really is anything better out there than what has become safe and familiar. True to life, there is more than one answer by the end and I guarantee it will speak to each and every one of us on the same mid-life journey with them. For once trust is broken, how do you get it back? According to playwright Woods, it’s all about faith and hope that the love you feel for your partner can overcome anything, even if the red line is crossed from which there is no going back."

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


"Much of the play consists of soliloquies as the characters bare their souls. Director Elina de Santos lives up to her impeccable reputation for eliciting superb performances from her cast..."

sweet - Ingrid Wilmot - Will Call - ...read full review


"The Things We Do is a series of short scenes, with each character spotlighted to deliver soliloquys to the audience revealing their innermost thoughts. The bang-up sex scene and a hairbreadth escape when Sara’s husband comes home, kicks the play in to a high gear that the subsequent scenes cannot sustain. The excellent cast does the best they can, but, as the end of the play nears, the action slows down into inevitability and inertia."

sweet-sour - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


Gil Kaan
"In this world premiere of THE THINGS WE DO, playwright Grant Woods has created an interesting take on an affair of the loins, acted out by a most committed cast. As scripted by Woods and directed by Elina de Santos, the actors playing the cuckolded spouses have a variety of human qualities to act on, allowing them to convey sympathetic three-dimensionality. Whereas, the cheating two only have been afforded the opportunities to emphasize boredom and horniness (her), and guilt and horniness (him)."

sweet-sour - Gil Kaan - Broadway World - ...read full review


"Ultimately, conflicts resolve easily, there is no sense of depth to these characters and what we might have hoped would be a funny exploration of sex and love and life after forty ends up feeling less mature than the millennial projects it seemed aimed to outdo."

sour - Christine Deitner - The Theatre Times - ...read full review


"The humor disappears when the truth emerges about the affair—and hurt, betrayal and change are the painful result. de Santos must be credited for the way she has handled Woods’s play, given it a style that suits it: light, understated, minimal. She has also used snatches of pop song in an effective way.  Best of all, she has coaxed excellent performances out of the four-person cast. Their acting combined with Woods’s intelligent writing make The Things We Do well worth seeing."

sweet - Willard Manus - Total Theatre - ...read full review


"Given the play’s weaknesses, director Elina de Santos and her cast do the best work possible. De Santos has staged the action so deftly that a steady pace is maintained. It is even more praiseworthy, that, under her guidance, each of the characters comes across as an individual, totally distinct from the others."

sweet-sour - Iris Mann - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Shari Barrett
"THE THINGS WE DO, playwright Woods’ second play, realistically presents two couples from differing mindsets as they move from living day-to-day to thinking about their long-range plans and whether or not there really is anything better out there than what has become safe and familiar. True to life, there is more than one answer by the end and I guarantee it will speak to each and every one of us on the same mid-life journey with them. For once trust is broken, how do you get it back? According to playwright Woods, it’s all about faith and hope that the love you feel for your partner can overcome anything, even if the red line is crossed from which there is no going back."

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


"Much of the play consists of soliloquies as the characters bare their souls. Director Elina de Santos lives up to her impeccable reputation for eliciting superb performances from her cast..."

sweet - Ingrid Wilmot - Will Call - ...read full review


"The Things We Do is a series of short scenes, with each character spotlighted to deliver soliloquys to the audience revealing their innermost thoughts. The bang-up sex scene and a hairbreadth escape when Sara’s husband comes home, kicks the play in to a high gear that the subsequent scenes cannot sustain. The excellent cast does the best they can, but, as the end of the play nears, the action slows down into inevitability and inertia."

sweet-sour - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


Gil Kaan
"In this world premiere of THE THINGS WE DO, playwright Grant Woods has created an interesting take on an affair of the loins, acted out by a most committed cast. As scripted by Woods and directed by Elina de Santos, the actors playing the cuckolded spouses have a variety of human qualities to act on, allowing them to convey sympathetic three-dimensionality. Whereas, the cheating two only have been afforded the opportunities to emphasize boredom and horniness (her), and guilt and horniness (him)."

sweet-sour - Gil Kaan - Broadway World - ...read full review


"Ultimately, conflicts resolve easily, there is no sense of depth to these characters and what we might have hoped would be a funny exploration of sex and love and life after forty ends up feeling less mature than the millennial projects it seemed aimed to outdo."

sour - Christine Deitner - The Theatre Times - ...read full review


"The humor disappears when the truth emerges about the affair—and hurt, betrayal and change are the painful result. de Santos must be credited for the way she has handled Woods’s play, given it a style that suits it: light, understated, minimal. She has also used snatches of pop song in an effective way.  Best of all, she has coaxed excellent performances out of the four-person cast. Their acting combined with Woods’s intelligent writing make The Things We Do well worth seeing."

sweet - Willard Manus - Total Theatre - ...read full review


"Given the play’s weaknesses, director Elina de Santos and her cast do the best work possible. De Santos has staged the action so deftly that a steady pace is maintained. It is even more praiseworthy, that, under her guidance, each of the characters comes across as an individual, totally distinct from the others."

sweet-sour - Iris Mann - Stage Raw - ...read full review