Review On ALL PERFORMANCES CANCELED BY CTG - THE BOOK OF MORMON


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Willard Manus

Non-Registered Critics


Bad taste rules the day in Mormon; it is a paean to the dirty joke and  it laughs like hell at mankind’s follies and foolishness, especially where religion and community are concerned.  But the show also has heart and compassion in its DNA, and it is directed and performed with such skill and flair that it’s hard to speak ill of it.

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WILLARD MANUS has been a Los Angeles-based theater reviewer since 1980, writing for such publications as L.A. Weekly, The Outlook, Northeast Newspapers and Pasadena Star-News. He also served as West Coast correspondent for Playbill.com. For the past ten years he has covered southern California theatre for Total Theatre.com. Manus is also a much-produced playwright whose recent credits include FRANK AND AVA (winner of a best-play prize at the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival); JOE AND MARILYN: A LOVE STORY; BIRD LIVES!; and PREZ–THE LESTER YOUNG STORY. Manus writes novels as well, the best-known of which is MOTT THE HOOPLE, thanks to the British rock band which took its name from his book. A member of Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), his film reviews are carried in lively-arts.com.