VIOLET

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Actors Co-op Theatre Company extends theirLA TIMES Critic's Choice and Ovation Recommended, Tony nominated musical VIOLET, with music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, based on the short story "The Ugliest Pilgrim" by Doris Betts, directed by Richard Israel, produced by Thomas Chavira. Leaving her North Carolina home behind, Violet boards a bus and travels through the segregated South to be healed by a minister, convinced he can heal her scar, while discovering the true meaning of beauty along the way. May 11 – June 17, 2018, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm. Two Saturday matinees just added:  June 2 and June 16 at 2:30 pm; Show is dark June 22, 23, & 24.  Two shows have been added Friday - June 29 at 8:00 pm and Saturday - June 30 at 8:00 pm, extending the show through June 30.  Tickets prices: Adults $34.00. Seniors (60+): $30.00. Students with ID: $25.00. Student Rush Tickets with ID one ticket per customer: $17 Cash Only, available at the Box Office window for select Friday performances 45 minutes prior to curtain. To buy tickets or make reservations please visit www.ActorsCo-op.org or call (323) 462-8460. For more about Student Rush Tickets or Group Rates call (323) 462-8460. Actors Co-op Crossley Theater, 1760 N. Gower St. 90028 (on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood) in Hollywood 90028.

Reviews

Michael Van Duzer
"Boston saw a production of Violet that was performed on a moving bus. While I'm sure there were charms to this immersive experience, I'm guessing that Richard Israel's transformation of the Actors Co-op space into a ¾ thrust with a creatively conceived bus (courtesy of Nicholas Acciani's wonderfully effective scenic design) offers better sightlines and acoustics. Beyond the visual concept, Israel directs the show with a tightly focused eye on the emotional truth of the characters. He allows space for the relationships to build and we are drawn in without ever being conscious of it."

sweet - Michael Van Duzer - ShowMag - ...read full review


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"Claire Adams brings Violet to life through remarkable vocal and acting skills. Soldier Flick (Jahmaul Bakare) is also a standout. Actors Co-op regular Lori Berg almost steals the show with her transformation from grandma on the bus to drunk and staggering hotel hooker – and then to gospel choir member. The production masterfully utilizes the entire space, opening up a cramped bus to mirror the way the characters' emotions are released... You'll leave feeling like you've been to a revival meeting: uplifted and entertained."

sweet - Laura Foti Cohen - Larchmont Buzz - ...read full review


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"This award-winning musical comes to life on a small stage, with seating arranged on three sides, bus windows on the walls behind us, and multi-purpose bus seats being stored in the first row of the audience and rolled into place for various scenes, effectively making us feel like we are on the bus with the travelers (kudos to Nicholas Acciani for set design and Martha Carter for lighting). Jeanine Tesori's original score, assisted by lyricist Brian Crawley, encompasses American roots, gospel, and folk music, with touches of blues and pop as well, and drives the journey beautifully and engagingly."

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


Ron Irwin
"Atypical of a smaller venue, this show at the Crossley Theatre has a live band backing the vocals giving the show even greater depth. And the performances of all of the team but especially Claire Adams [Violet], Jahmaul Bakare [Flick] and Morgan West [Monty] are enrapturing."

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


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"Delicate as a prayer, "Violet" reveals a place where miracles occur — the world as we'd like to see it, where we all are seen for who we are."

sweet - Daryl H. Miller - LA Times - ...read full review


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"With imaginative staging, a wonderful ensemble, and a sensitively written and directed story, Violet, which was selected as a Critic's Pick by the Los Angeles Times, is an emotionally bumpy ride that eventually reaches its destination."

sweet - Cary Ginell - Ventura County On Stage - ...read full review


Ellen Dostal
"Among musical theatre circles, director Richard Israel has a well-deserved reputation for crafting memorable performances by bringing out the rich subtleties in a script and cultivating endless nuances of character. The result is an exquisite audience experience that satisfies on every level. VIOLET, starring a luminous Claire Adams in the title role, is his finest work to date."

sweet - Ellen Dostal - Broadway World - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Director Richard Israel and a couldn't-be-better cast and design team get everything right in Actors Co-op's soul-reviving intimate staging of Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley's New York Drama Critics' Circle-winning 1997 off-Broadway musical Violet."

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


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"It's a solid show and of one that is fresh and original–perhaps a show that its audience can experience for the first time. That impression is refreshing as that stands!"

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Offline - ...read full review


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"Overall, the blend of sound is problematic, though; solos, duets and trios often had the actors competing to be heard over the 5-piece orchestra and having to strain vocally."

sweet-sour - Dana Martin - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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"Nicholas Acciani's sparse set and Wendell C. Carmichael's functional costuming is exactly the right touch to allow these strong characters to drain the room's oxygen. To that, director Richard Israel draws together a stunningly strong acting and singing ensemble. Their work is enhanced by Taylor Stephenson's terrific music direction and Cameron Combe‘s excellent sound design – both difficult jobs when mixing a band and large cast of 12 in such an intimate space."

sweet - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


David MacDowell Blue
"This I submit is the beating heart of the greatest love stories. Another sees us as we truly are, and in the reflection of their eyes we see ourselves for the first time. In this case to very nice songs, performed by a cast and crew who knew precisely how to tell this tale."

sweet - David MacDowell Blue - Night Tinted Glasses - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon
"The story still largely unfolds on the Greyhound bus, but here, instead of the passengers sitting on their luggage, we have several actual bus seats on rollers which the characters move about the thrust stage with audience seating on three sides. At times the characters are sitting right next to audience members. The walls of the cramped theatre are decked out with long bus windows, as though the whole audience is on that road trip with Violet. For after all, don't we all have our crosses to bear, various scars and wounds that still need more time to heal?"

sweet - Eric A Gordon - ...read full review


Shari Barrett
"I have been a fan of the productions at the Actors Co-op in Hollywood ever since I started reviewing shows and I can honestly say I have always been thoroughly impressed with the direction, acting, extraordinary scenic and costume design, as well as the overall positive camaraderie of every cast member I have ever spoken with after a performance. So I knew I was in for a treat seeing the Tony-nominated musical VIOLET, and again, my expectations were blown out of the water by the overall excellence of this production, directed with emotional insight by Richard Israel with creative choreography by Julie Hall."

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


Tin Pan L.A.
"Unless you're a musical theatre aficionado or follow the work of composer the brilliant composer Jeanine Tesori, you may have never heard of the 2014 musical Violet. But just because show's name isn't familiar, doesn't mean that Violet should be overlooked. Violet may not have the sparkle of a commercial musical that can sustain on the Great White Way, but its story, means of storytelling and country, blues, gospel, honky-tonk score make for a captivating night at the theatre. The musical tells the story of a young woman with a scar on her face who endeavors to travel by bus to Tulsa, Oklahoma in order to be healed by a TV evangelist. What's more the production by the Actors Co-Op Theatre Company, under the direction of Richard Israel, draws out all the richness of this musical gem for a L.A. revival that is stirring from beginning to end."

sweet - Tin Pan L.A. - ...read full review


Rob Stevens
"Director Richard Israel and scenic designer Nicholas Acciani have artfully turned the intimate Crosssley Theatre into a greyhound bus thereby making the audience feel they are part of Violet's life-changing journey. It's a remarkable ride under the deft hand of director Israel who has perhaps assembled the strongest cast of singer/actors this reviewer has ever seen at Actors Co-Op, led by Adams in a heart-breaking and uplifting performance in the title role."

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Michael Van Duzer
"Boston saw a production of Violet that was performed on a moving bus. While I'm sure there were charms to this immersive experience, I'm guessing that Richard Israel's transformation of the Actors Co-op space into a ¾ thrust with a creatively conceived bus (courtesy of Nicholas Acciani's wonderfully effective scenic design) offers better sightlines and acoustics. Beyond the visual concept, Israel directs the show with a tightly focused eye on the emotional truth of the characters. He allows space for the relationships to build and we are drawn in without ever being conscious of it."

sweet - Michael Van Duzer - ShowMag - ...read full review


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"Claire Adams brings Violet to life through remarkable vocal and acting skills. Soldier Flick (Jahmaul Bakare) is also a standout. Actors Co-op regular Lori Berg almost steals the show with her transformation from grandma on the bus to drunk and staggering hotel hooker – and then to gospel choir member. The production masterfully utilizes the entire space, opening up a cramped bus to mirror the way the characters' emotions are released... You'll leave feeling like you've been to a revival meeting: uplifted and entertained."

sweet - Laura Foti Cohen - Larchmont Buzz - ...read full review


Avatar
"This award-winning musical comes to life on a small stage, with seating arranged on three sides, bus windows on the walls behind us, and multi-purpose bus seats being stored in the first row of the audience and rolled into place for various scenes, effectively making us feel like we are on the bus with the travelers (kudos to Nicholas Acciani for set design and Martha Carter for lighting). Jeanine Tesori's original score, assisted by lyricist Brian Crawley, encompasses American roots, gospel, and folk music, with touches of blues and pop as well, and drives the journey beautifully and engagingly."

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


Ron Irwin
"Atypical of a smaller venue, this show at the Crossley Theatre has a live band backing the vocals giving the show even greater depth. And the performances of all of the team but especially Claire Adams [Violet], Jahmaul Bakare [Flick] and Morgan West [Monty] are enrapturing."

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


Avatar
"Delicate as a prayer, "Violet" reveals a place where miracles occur — the world as we'd like to see it, where we all are seen for who we are."

sweet - Daryl H. Miller - LA Times - ...read full review


Avatar
"With imaginative staging, a wonderful ensemble, and a sensitively written and directed story, Violet, which was selected as a Critic's Pick by the Los Angeles Times, is an emotionally bumpy ride that eventually reaches its destination."

sweet - Cary Ginell - Ventura County On Stage - ...read full review


Ellen Dostal
"Among musical theatre circles, director Richard Israel has a well-deserved reputation for crafting memorable performances by bringing out the rich subtleties in a script and cultivating endless nuances of character. The result is an exquisite audience experience that satisfies on every level. VIOLET, starring a luminous Claire Adams in the title role, is his finest work to date."

sweet - Ellen Dostal - Broadway World - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Director Richard Israel and a couldn't-be-better cast and design team get everything right in Actors Co-op's soul-reviving intimate staging of Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley's New York Drama Critics' Circle-winning 1997 off-Broadway musical Violet."

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


Avatar
"It's a solid show and of one that is fresh and original–perhaps a show that its audience can experience for the first time. That impression is refreshing as that stands!"

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Offline - ...read full review


Avatar
"Overall, the blend of sound is problematic, though; solos, duets and trios often had the actors competing to be heard over the 5-piece orchestra and having to strain vocally."

sweet-sour - Dana Martin - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Avatar
"Nicholas Acciani's sparse set and Wendell C. Carmichael's functional costuming is exactly the right touch to allow these strong characters to drain the room's oxygen. To that, director Richard Israel draws together a stunningly strong acting and singing ensemble. Their work is enhanced by Taylor Stephenson's terrific music direction and Cameron Combe‘s excellent sound design – both difficult jobs when mixing a band and large cast of 12 in such an intimate space."

sweet - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


David MacDowell Blue
"This I submit is the beating heart of the greatest love stories. Another sees us as we truly are, and in the reflection of their eyes we see ourselves for the first time. In this case to very nice songs, performed by a cast and crew who knew precisely how to tell this tale."

sweet - David MacDowell Blue - Night Tinted Glasses - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon
"The story still largely unfolds on the Greyhound bus, but here, instead of the passengers sitting on their luggage, we have several actual bus seats on rollers which the characters move about the thrust stage with audience seating on three sides. At times the characters are sitting right next to audience members. The walls of the cramped theatre are decked out with long bus windows, as though the whole audience is on that road trip with Violet. For after all, don't we all have our crosses to bear, various scars and wounds that still need more time to heal?"

sweet - Eric A Gordon - ...read full review


Shari Barrett
"I have been a fan of the productions at the Actors Co-op in Hollywood ever since I started reviewing shows and I can honestly say I have always been thoroughly impressed with the direction, acting, extraordinary scenic and costume design, as well as the overall positive camaraderie of every cast member I have ever spoken with after a performance. So I knew I was in for a treat seeing the Tony-nominated musical VIOLET, and again, my expectations were blown out of the water by the overall excellence of this production, directed with emotional insight by Richard Israel with creative choreography by Julie Hall."

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


Tin Pan L.A.
"Unless you're a musical theatre aficionado or follow the work of composer the brilliant composer Jeanine Tesori, you may have never heard of the 2014 musical Violet. But just because show's name isn't familiar, doesn't mean that Violet should be overlooked. Violet may not have the sparkle of a commercial musical that can sustain on the Great White Way, but its story, means of storytelling and country, blues, gospel, honky-tonk score make for a captivating night at the theatre. The musical tells the story of a young woman with a scar on her face who endeavors to travel by bus to Tulsa, Oklahoma in order to be healed by a TV evangelist. What's more the production by the Actors Co-Op Theatre Company, under the direction of Richard Israel, draws out all the richness of this musical gem for a L.A. revival that is stirring from beginning to end."

sweet - Tin Pan L.A. - ...read full review


Rob Stevens
"Director Richard Israel and scenic designer Nicholas Acciani have artfully turned the intimate Crosssley Theatre into a greyhound bus thereby making the audience feel they are part of Violet's life-changing journey. It's a remarkable ride under the deft hand of director Israel who has perhaps assembled the strongest cast of singer/actors this reviewer has ever seen at Actors Co-Op, led by Adams in a heart-breaking and uplifting performance in the title role."

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review