A Man of No Importance

musicals and operas · good people theater company · Ages 13+ · United States

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ELLEN DOSTAL · June 16, 2013
Fringe shows run the gamut. You’ll see everything from hastily rehearsed vanity projects to edgy original pieces, and works-in-progress of all kinds. Each one is worthy of a look for there are hidden jewels everywhere and you never know exactly where you’ll find one. Happily, I can tell you where you can see one right now. At the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood. There, a brand new L.A. theatre company is making its debut by presenting A Man of No Importance, a handsomely staged Irish musical written by Terrence McNally, with music & lyrics by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. It is directed & choreographed with exceptional skill by Janet Miller who presents a beautifully polished production in every regard. The attention to detail is exempla... full review

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JOSH HILLINGER certified reviewer · June 15, 2013
A veeery, very, very sweet show. Wonderful acting and singing. Very sweet. Difference between like it and love it for me is just the content, the show itself. My mom would LOVE it!... full review

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RANDY KASPER certified reviewer · June 18, 2013
What a terrific show! Talented cast, engrossing story, GREAT staging. And the live music - gorgeous! My husband commented that the music alone was worth the price of admission. Thank you for bringing this theatrical magic to Los Angeles. ... full review

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LIZ REINHARDT certified reviewer · June 08, 2013
Lovers of musical theater and theater in general MUST go see the rarely-produced "A Man of No Importance" at Fringe. The amateur theater troupe play-within-a-play is reminiscent of ...Guffman, but the story, music, voices and heart is beautiful beyond belief. Kudos to Janet Miller's heartfelt direction, Corey Hirsch's amazing band and the beautiful performances of friends Gail Matthius, Keith Barletta, Shirley Hatton and all the others. The Lillian Theater's atmosphere made for the perfect setting, and no surprise that Kathy Gillespie's costumes were top notch. So were Rebecca Schroeder's "Guinness pints!" And it's FUNNY too! Especially Gail, not surprisingly... My heartily audibly laugh could be heard throughout the show, and at one poi... full review

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 19, 2013
The play was very engaging. The actors transformed simple staging into a rich experience for the audience. I thought the actors who played Alfie and Lily were especially good. The band added a lot to the show and the musicians were wonderful. The story was sweet and a little sad, but had a lovely satisfying end. A feel good show about a tough subject especially in that era. Overall, I loved the show and highly recommend it! ... full review

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FLOYD RIGGLE certified reviewer · June 20, 2013
I had the privilege of seeing “A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE” opening night. I enjoyed the show immensely. The music was great (Little 4 piece comb but sounded like more), with the performers doing perfect blend. Keep in mind this is a small venue and balance / blend is vital. The show (albeit being opening night) felt like a well-polished product that had been running in front of an audience for weeks. The actors could not have been better. Janet Miller’s talents are well apparent in this piece. All aspects of the production received obvious detailed attention to insure quality of production. I look forward to the next “Janet Miller” production! If you have to make a choice to see one show over another, I highly recommend A MAN OF ... full review

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CAMELA DEAN certified reviewer · June 20, 2013
This was a great show! We had great seats and the performers where excellent! Thanks to the wonderful Cast and Director! A great time was had by all! ... full review

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer · June 10, 2013
This was a very tightly directed and acted show and the entire company should be proud of this first production. I only wish the musical itself was more compelling. I am not exaggerating when I say that nothing in the way of character/plot advancement happens in the first hour. You get a lot of pretty Oscar Wilde quotes and whispy songs expressing sentiments about the love of performing theatre or reading poetry but there is zero conflict (or meat) until 60 minutes into this 150 minute show, and even then it's only a hint that something COULD happen. Bad newa: not much does. For me, the show plays out with far too slight a culmination for such a heavy time investment. The band was excellent and the tech elements immaculate (I even ... full review

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ROCKY LANE certified reviewer · June 23, 2013
The Play is well written, the music and lyrics are beautiful, the band is stellar; what great ensemble work. The actors are committed & create this great world in Dublin. It is a poignant story told by great acting. I only have differences in opinion in the actual staging & because the actors were mic'd I feel like they held back. It's Hollywood... Go see it! You will be glad you supported a wonderful piece of theater. I was moved by the acting!... full review

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JAN L certified reviewer · June 23, 2013
A Man Of No Importance has such a talented cast. The strength of the actors was such that they transformed the stage from various scenes ranging from a bus, to a church basement, to a street scene, graveyard, bar, and more, primarily by moving around several chairs. Exceptional scenes included Lilly (Shirley Anne Hatton) singing "Tell Me Why", Baldy (Matt Stevens) singing "The Cuddles Mary Gave", and Robbie and Alfie (Keith Barletta and Dominic McChesney) on "Love Who You Love". Matt Franta was outstanding as both Peter and Breton Beret. I was hoping to see more tapping by Gail Matthius! Audrey Curd was appealing as Adele. All of the other actors were excellent in their roles, too, with beautiful singing throughout. The actors were a... full review

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