Unemployed Elephants - A Love Story

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In The Little Victory Written by Wendy Graf Directed by Maria Gobetti Starring Brea Bee and Marshall McCabe Produced by Tom Ormeny, Maria Gobetti and Katie Witkowski

A chance meeting in an airport lounge leads to a Burmese odyssey and a search for a missing monk. And maybe love. Two strangers lost, hidden… and found? Brea Bee (Mutual Philanthropy at EST/LA) and Marshall McCabe (title role in Romeo and Juliet at Chicago's Center Theatre, lifetime member of The Actors Studio) star as Jane and Alex, both on the run from loneliness and the truth. This might be their last chance to find true love — if only they can seize it! March 9 – April 29 Previews: March 1, 2, 3 Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 4pm

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Reviews

"Through fights and laughter, hugs and cries, laughter and relief, director Maria Gobetti and her cast play with Graf's text, brilliantly showing a modern day audience what love can be."

sweet - Austin Karkowsky - USC Annenberg Media - ...read full review


"Director Maria Gobetti and her comically gifted actors channel a monsoon of chatter into an economical staging that remains bracingly believable, when it could have so easily spilled over into stereotype."

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


Erin Conley
"This lighthearted romantic comedy about what it means to really know someone, the real meaning of the truth, and how being on vacation in a foreign country can get people out of their comfort zone is sunny and enjoyable, although not without clichés."

sweet - Erin Conley - On Stage and Screen - ...read full review


"Under the savvy direction of Maria Gobetti, Ms. Bee and Mr. McCabe are terrific together, getting the most out of the comedy while connecting to the audience with true emotion."

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


Cynthia Citron
"This delightful love story by playwright Wendy Graf and director Maria Gobetti is a triumph. Both artists do their very best work, as do their stars, Brea Bee and Marshall McCabe, who are perfectly matched. Their facial expressions and timing are wonderful and hilarious. The story takes place in Myanmar, where the elephants are currently unemployed---and depressed."

sweet - Cynthia Citron - Santa Monica Daily Press - ...read full review


"The ambiguity of the story's context ultimately adds some depth to the characters' perspectives, and while the two leads walk a fine line between tone deafness and charm, their performances are honest and the show's humor indisputable. ... Director Maria Gobetti does an excellent job in overseeing the tech, which includes frequent scene changes on the small proscenium at the Little Victory. Coupled with Sean Spencer's projections and lighting and Jennifer Brown's vibrant sound effects, they bring the whole thing to life. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Lara J. Altunian - Stage Raw - ...read full review


"On the technical backbone of any production…they are RARELY PRAISED IN PRINT. Kudos to all! Appealing and QUIRKY set design by Evan Bartoletti, lighting by Carol Doering, PLAYFUL costumes by Meagan Evers, original music and sound by Noah Andrade and the onstage projection design was a GORGEOUS highlight of the overall magic. A beautifully staged production in all aspects of theatrical magic! KUDOS to all!"

sweet - Pat Taylor - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


"“Unemployed Elephants” is fast-paced, fantastic, funny, smart and an ABSOLUTE must, must, must see! I'm not kidding, see this one if you see nothing else this season. It'll be the best show you've seen in years. When "Unemployed Elephants" is nominated, winning awards the world over, you'll get bragging rights for having been one of the first to have discovered it. Too much? I don't think so. There aren't enough accolades to bestow on this laugh ‘til your sides ache play to do it justice."

sweet - Dianne Williams - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


Ron Irwin
"...Unemployed Elephants is a fascinating often hilarious love story mixed in with a dose of powerful global politics. Such a mix, love and chaos, is absolutely not mutually exclusive and is well blended in this show."

sweet - Ron Irwin - LA Post-Examiner - ...read full review


"CLEVER, VERY FUNNY… a charming story of love, loss, and new love… [will] charm its way into even the stoniest of hearts."

sweet - Elaine L Mura - LA Splash Magazine - ...read full review


Ellen Dostal
"The 90-minute one-act romantic comedy is patterned after the films that propelled Meg Ryan to stardom in the eighties and nineties, and even borrows some well-known phrases from When Harry Met Sally, modified slightly to fit the characters' current situation. "It's out there" and "you're the only person I knew in New York" (in this case, Myanmar) were most likely meant to sound cute but the humor falls flat in a play that is already dated before it begins."

sweet-sour - Ellen Dostal - BroadwayWorld Los Angeles - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder
"Wendy Graf's dialogue is continuously spiky and her characters, though inexplicably linked for no reason except to illicit a happy ending, are suitably charming. There's no doubt this is funny and entertaining, but the biggest problem is that the story itself is agonizingly predictable. There was a time when this kind of romantic sparring was refreshing onstage, particularly if accompanied by such crisp and clever wordsmithery, but that was before television comedies offered much better and less formulaic writing than during the restrictive family-oriented sitcom days of yore."

sweet-sour - Travis Michael Holder - TicketHolders LA - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"All-American Girl and No Word In Guyanese For Me proved Wendy Graf's skill at politically themed solo shows. Without abandoning world events, Unemployed Elephants – A Love Story's lighter touch, particularly in the comedically gifted hands of its two ever so charismatic stars, exerts its own charms."

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


"Through fights and laughter, hugs and cries, laughter and relief, director Maria Gobetti and her cast play with Graf's text, brilliantly showing a modern day audience what love can be."

sweet - Austin Karkowsky - USC Annenberg Media - ...read full review


"Director Maria Gobetti and her comically gifted actors channel a monsoon of chatter into an economical staging that remains bracingly believable, when it could have so easily spilled over into stereotype."

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


Erin Conley
"This lighthearted romantic comedy about what it means to really know someone, the real meaning of the truth, and how being on vacation in a foreign country can get people out of their comfort zone is sunny and enjoyable, although not without clichés."

sweet - Erin Conley - On Stage and Screen - ...read full review


"Under the savvy direction of Maria Gobetti, Ms. Bee and Mr. McCabe are terrific together, getting the most out of the comedy while connecting to the audience with true emotion."

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


Cynthia Citron
"This delightful love story by playwright Wendy Graf and director Maria Gobetti is a triumph. Both artists do their very best work, as do their stars, Brea Bee and Marshall McCabe, who are perfectly matched. Their facial expressions and timing are wonderful and hilarious. The story takes place in Myanmar, where the elephants are currently unemployed---and depressed."

sweet - Cynthia Citron - Santa Monica Daily Press - ...read full review


"The ambiguity of the story's context ultimately adds some depth to the characters' perspectives, and while the two leads walk a fine line between tone deafness and charm, their performances are honest and the show's humor indisputable. ... Director Maria Gobetti does an excellent job in overseeing the tech, which includes frequent scene changes on the small proscenium at the Little Victory. Coupled with Sean Spencer's projections and lighting and Jennifer Brown's vibrant sound effects, they bring the whole thing to life. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Lara J. Altunian - Stage Raw - ...read full review


"On the technical backbone of any production…they are RARELY PRAISED IN PRINT. Kudos to all! Appealing and QUIRKY set design by Evan Bartoletti, lighting by Carol Doering, PLAYFUL costumes by Meagan Evers, original music and sound by Noah Andrade and the onstage projection design was a GORGEOUS highlight of the overall magic. A beautifully staged production in all aspects of theatrical magic! KUDOS to all!"

sweet - Pat Taylor - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


"“Unemployed Elephants” is fast-paced, fantastic, funny, smart and an ABSOLUTE must, must, must see! I'm not kidding, see this one if you see nothing else this season. It'll be the best show you've seen in years. When "Unemployed Elephants" is nominated, winning awards the world over, you'll get bragging rights for having been one of the first to have discovered it. Too much? I don't think so. There aren't enough accolades to bestow on this laugh ‘til your sides ache play to do it justice."

sweet - Dianne Williams - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


Ron Irwin
"...Unemployed Elephants is a fascinating often hilarious love story mixed in with a dose of powerful global politics. Such a mix, love and chaos, is absolutely not mutually exclusive and is well blended in this show."

sweet - Ron Irwin - LA Post-Examiner - ...read full review


"CLEVER, VERY FUNNY… a charming story of love, loss, and new love… [will] charm its way into even the stoniest of hearts."

sweet - Elaine L Mura - LA Splash Magazine - ...read full review


Ellen Dostal
"The 90-minute one-act romantic comedy is patterned after the films that propelled Meg Ryan to stardom in the eighties and nineties, and even borrows some well-known phrases from When Harry Met Sally, modified slightly to fit the characters' current situation. "It's out there" and "you're the only person I knew in New York" (in this case, Myanmar) were most likely meant to sound cute but the humor falls flat in a play that is already dated before it begins."

sweet-sour - Ellen Dostal - BroadwayWorld Los Angeles - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder
"Wendy Graf's dialogue is continuously spiky and her characters, though inexplicably linked for no reason except to illicit a happy ending, are suitably charming. There's no doubt this is funny and entertaining, but the biggest problem is that the story itself is agonizingly predictable. There was a time when this kind of romantic sparring was refreshing onstage, particularly if accompanied by such crisp and clever wordsmithery, but that was before television comedies offered much better and less formulaic writing than during the restrictive family-oriented sitcom days of yore."

sweet-sour - Travis Michael Holder - TicketHolders LA - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"All-American Girl and No Word In Guyanese For Me proved Wendy Graf's skill at politically themed solo shows. Without abandoning world events, Unemployed Elephants – A Love Story's lighter touch, particularly in the comedically gifted hands of its two ever so charismatic stars, exerts its own charms."

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