Review On Revenge Song


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Willard Manus

Non-Registered Critics


The production,  directed by VC co-founder Robert Ross Parker,  pulls out all the stops in telling its bizarre but sometimes affecting story:  French and American rap music, puppetry, kung fu,  L.A. jokes, dick jokes, video projection. The six-person cast is required to sing, dance, clown, and trick itself out in one outrageous costume after another.  All this unfolds at high speed, propelled by Qui Nguyen’s comic book-like dialogue, which takes liberties with history, time, and believability yet manages to be consistently laugh-out-loud funny and entertaining.

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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.