A Man of No Importance

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

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DIANE FINSTON certified reviewer · June 30, 2013
Amazing. performance. This company must continue on - The director has a vision - and her company gave light to the vision. This talented group - of 15 actors 4 musicians and unknown number of crew members worked seamlessly together - to produce a Broadway quality musical. The time is right. this production needs to head out where others who appreciate the musical in the 21st century can hear it. ... full review

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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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PAT MUSICK · June 08, 2013
Tonight was an amazing night of theater. Janet Miller has mounted a brilliant production with a shining cast at The Lillian Theater for The Fringe. Terence McNally's Irish musical is sparkling, and this production is not to be missed. The performances are remarkable, the singing first rate, and the celtic score played by excellent musicians. Do NOT miss this show! ... full review

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DONNA DU BAIN · June 08, 2013
This excellent, deftly directed and superbly acted by this sparkling ensemble made for some of the best theatre I've seen in a while and I am your avid theatre goer. I definitely plan on going again and would recommend you put it on your list as a"must see" at the Fringe this year. The resonance for the Irish Catholics (past or present) will even increase the laughter and poignancy of this piece. Such a touching story of a gentle, sensitive man finding himself within his small community of friends in Dublin, both lyrical and whimsical. The live band accompaniment was spectacular. Would love to spend an evening just listening to them with a Guinness in my hand. ... full review

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MARIA ALEXANDER · June 09, 2013
This musical beautifully directed and choreographed by Janet Miller is packed full of laughs and heartbreaking moments as it explores the lonely life of bus conductor Alfie Byrne. There were so many terrific performances, gently woven with mesmerizing Oscar Wilde quotes and poetry. The brilliant musical numbers crackled with energy as a live Irish band set the stage on fire for several unforgettable tunes. And there is a hilarious "Dance of the Seven Veils" that absolutely kills! Don't miss this highly entertaining production that will leave you with a longing to stroll the streets of Dublin and lend a hand to all the Alfie Byrnes in the world. You love whom you love…... full review

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ANNA MATHIAS · June 11, 2013
Janet Miller has done a wonderful job, bringing this play and mid-century Dublin to life. The ensemble and the musicians were wonderful. I enjoyed the surprises within the script, itself. A very polished show. Funny and touching. Go!... full review

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SER MATTHIAS WYVERNLEY · June 13, 2013
Oh, I loved this wee Irish Musical. Janet Miller is a wonderful woman, and it's about time that she's had her own forum. I wish Good People Theatre Company all the very best, but judging from their first EXCELLENT production, they don't need my good thoughts or prayers. The talented company of actors absolutely transformed that little stage into a bit of magic that transfixed my heart from beginning to end. I loved the stirring Irish tunes, the lovely humor, and the touching story is one that will linger with me. ... full review

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LESLIE WOOLLEY · June 16, 2013
Wonderful production of this poignant Terrence McNally play. Well cast actors are very good and fun to watch. I cried at the end. The live music is superb too! Thank you for a really enjoyable evening. ... 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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