Through The Eye of a Needle

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Thu Aug 22, 12:00am

THE ROAD THEATRE COMPANY Presents the Los Angeles Premiere of Through The Eye Of A Needle By Jami Brandli Directed by Ann Hearn Opens Friday March 23rd, 2018 At The Road on Lankershim A semi-finalist for the O'Neill Playwrights Conference. The Keen family is dealing with the recent tragedy concerning their daughter, Dana, a navy corpsman in the Iraq War. Larry copes with a tumbler of scotch, or five, Barbara sets an extra plate setting and Samantha, their teenage daughter, secretly uses Twitter to create a protest. Then Nasser, an Iraqi refugee, arrives at their door unannounced on Christmas Eve. As the family fights over whether or not to keep Nasser's “gift”, tempers fly and secrets are revealed. Will the Keens be pulled further apart or will they find grace and redemption in this intriguing family dramedy?

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""Through the Eye of a Needle," Jami Brandli's new play at the Road on Lankershim, is not perfect by any means... Despite its faults, Brandli's old-school drama is so heartfelt — and in director Ann Hearn Tobolowsky's emotionally acute staging, so well performed — that we forgive its shortcomings. Keep a couple of hankies handy, because the play will likely soften the flintiest hearts in the audience."

sweet - F. Kathleen Foley - Los Angeles Times - ...read full review


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"Jami Brandli's creative script has many twists and turns, with numerous storylines, and brings an excellent ensemble cast together expressing the passion and feelings of each character with great direction by Ann Hearn. The production is well done… great set, great lighting. The Road Theatre has brought a fantastic new play, "THROUGH THE EYE OF A NEEDLE," bringing us the true meaning of love and family. Another evening in NoHo not to be missed."

sweet - Cathy Wayne - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


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"Jami Brandli's dramedy seems uncertain about what sort of play it wants to be. Initially it plays like a sitcom — albeit with serious issues — about a bunch of engaging eccentrics. Then the revelations begin, and as dark secrets are unveiled the characters grow in depth and dignity. There are genuinely touching and provocative moments. But then things veer back into sitcom mode, with all problems neatly resolved before the final curtain. This makes for an ending that is emotionally satisfying, if not totally convincing. RECOMMENDED"

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


Carol Kaufman Segal
"Through the Eye of a Needle is a well written play by Jami Brandli.  Ann Hearn does an outstanding job directing a most talented cast. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED"

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


Steven Stanley
"A dysfunctional family in mourning makes for unexpected holiday hilarity and heart in Jami Brandli's Through The Eye Of A Needle, a humdinger of a Road Theatre Company World Premiere. No matter what the season, Through The Eye Of A Needle is a tears-and-cheers-worthy holiday gift."

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


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""Through the Eye of a Needle," Jami Brandli's new play at the Road on Lankershim, is not perfect by any means... Despite its faults, Brandli's old-school drama is so heartfelt — and in director Ann Hearn Tobolowsky's emotionally acute staging, so well performed — that we forgive its shortcomings. Keep a couple of hankies handy, because the play will likely soften the flintiest hearts in the audience."

sweet - F. Kathleen Foley - Los Angeles Times - ...read full review


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"Jami Brandli's creative script has many twists and turns, with numerous storylines, and brings an excellent ensemble cast together expressing the passion and feelings of each character with great direction by Ann Hearn. The production is well done… great set, great lighting. The Road Theatre has brought a fantastic new play, "THROUGH THE EYE OF A NEEDLE," bringing us the true meaning of love and family. Another evening in NoHo not to be missed."

sweet - Cathy Wayne - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


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"Jami Brandli's dramedy seems uncertain about what sort of play it wants to be. Initially it plays like a sitcom — albeit with serious issues — about a bunch of engaging eccentrics. Then the revelations begin, and as dark secrets are unveiled the characters grow in depth and dignity. There are genuinely touching and provocative moments. But then things veer back into sitcom mode, with all problems neatly resolved before the final curtain. This makes for an ending that is emotionally satisfying, if not totally convincing. RECOMMENDED"

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


Carol Kaufman Segal
"Through the Eye of a Needle is a well written play by Jami Brandli.  Ann Hearn does an outstanding job directing a most talented cast. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED"

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


Steven Stanley
"A dysfunctional family in mourning makes for unexpected holiday hilarity and heart in Jami Brandli's Through The Eye Of A Needle, a humdinger of a Road Theatre Company World Premiere. No matter what the season, Through The Eye Of A Needle is a tears-and-cheers-worthy holiday gift."

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