VINO VERITAS

Theater 40
Beverly Hills

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Vino Veritas. The play takes its title from the Latin proverb, which literally translated: “in wine, the truth,” suggests that people reveal their truest feelings under the influence of alcohol. On Halloween night, two middle-aged couples prepare to attend a friend’s annual party. Though the evening begins as usual, familiar traditions slowly unravel when the foursome share a bottle of South American ceremonial wine made from the skin of blue dart tree frogs. Under the influence of this tribal truth serum, they share an unpredictable and hilarious night of unbridled honesty that stretches the bounds of their friendship and their relationships forever.

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"Vino Veritas, by David MacGregor, has an interesting enough premise, but it never comes to fruition. It just sort of falls flat and then lays there... on the positive side, the casting is very good in the case of three of the actors."

"Director Michael Karm doesn’t miss a trick to present this Halloween treat with a few unexpected tricks. Kudos to Joseph “Sloe” Slawinski for sound effects and Jeff G. Rack for the terrific set."

"Director Michael Karm doesn’t miss a trick to present this Halloween treat with a few unexpected tricks. Kudos to Joseph “Sloe” Slawinski for sound effects and Jeff G. Rack for the terrific set. The action, regrettably, slows down after sobriety sets in again but this West Coast premiere is a timely, enjoyable, G-rated show."

"As the recent Sequence and Late Company made perfectly clear, the venerable Theatre 40 is best when taking chances on the fresh and edgy. Vino Veritas has both freshness and edge, and is well worth checking out on this its closing weekend."

"All four actors completely immerse themselves in the roles, with each taking on realistic mannerisms and attitudes you will no doubt recognize in people you interact with in your own lives. No doubt the laughter generated throughout the play as truths are revealed will get you thinking about what you, your mate or closest friends might say if such a truth serum were consumed by all of you at the same time. But don't even consider it - just see VINO VERITAS at Theatre 40 and let these four talented actors create an unforgettable, comedic evening of truthful theatre for you!"

"The task of orchestrating these contrasting characters — and the playwright’s mixture of absurdity and reality — fell to director Michael Karm. Thanks to his long experience in the theater — he first began directing (and acting) in 1968 — Karm was able to rise to the challenge and make Vino Veritas work. He was helped immeasurably by Jeff G. Rack’s handsome, sumptuous set."

"“Vino Veritas” has many funny moments that the actors can work with to make an extremely enjoyable performance."

"...when it becomes funny, it’s funny! The cast of four that portray a bunch of friends from suburbia are very likable for what they are in that sitcom method of humor. Michael Karm is on hand to direct this production that moves when its comical, and becomes rather limited when its temper takes its next step."

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