Women

comedy · beth dies inc / combined artform · Ages 13+ · United States

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GARY GILBERT certified reviewer · June 19, 2014
in spite of excellent performances all around, Women felt more like an extended Saturday Night Live sketch than a play with some substance. i've been to the theatre thousands of times, and even lighter fare needs more than just fun moments. even though the intent was clear, a very clever take on Little Women using not just the characters of Girls but their attitudes and rhythms and behaviors, there was a sameness that took over the evening that lost it's sense of drama to me. at some point i was ahead of them, knowing what to expect. but, full disclosure, i am in my sixties, clearly not their target audience, and the crowd seemed to be more connected to that play than i was, so my reaction may be as much generational as anything else. fo... full review

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ASHLEY STEED · June 15, 2014
So far this is my Fringe fave. I have a love/hate relationship with the hit HBO series Girls, but this mashup of Lena Dunham with Louisa May Alcott’s classic, Little Women is nothing but love/love. Chiara Atik’s spot on play takes the main events from the novel and uses the rapid, self-indulgent language from Girls, creating true comedic brilliance. In fact, it’s so perfect that I’m surprised someone hasn’t put the two together sooner. Stephanie Ward’s stealth direction keeps the show at a break-neck pace, ensuring that the momentum never stops as scenes jump from one moment to the next. Although this is definitely well oiled ensemble, the four March sisters Jo (Layla Khoshnoudi), Meg (Abby Rosebrock), Beth (Rachel Lin), and Amy (Lydia... full review

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RACHEL GERMAINE · June 24, 2014
This show was my #1 must see and boy am I glad I did! It's super clever, funny and the acting was top notch all around. I love seeing fun, smart theater embracing us funny gals. I only wish it was running longer so I could come back with friends. Great job Women:)... full review

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KYLE HESTER certified reviewer · June 09, 2014
Furiously fast and funny, every member of the cast is excellent, the comedy and satire is as razor sharp and painfully true as "Girls", and there's even a moment or two of suprising tenderness straight from "Little Women". Mostly it's just side-splittingly funny. GO SEE THIS. Best theatre I've EVER seen in LA.... full review

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JOANNA SYIEK · June 10, 2014
Easily my Fringe favorite. Stellar direction and spot on cast. Congrats to the writer for constructing an economical, brilliant and riotous script that pays homage to two vastly different works and also miraculously brings a fresh voice to the table as well (a "voice of the generation?"). Thoroughly enjoyable. Get a ticket if you still can.... full review

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SHARI BARRETT · June 10, 2014
Having recently seen a production of LITTLE WOMEN The Musical, I was very familiar with the story but was totally surprised and laughed repeatedly at this very fast-paced hysterically modern take on the story by Beth Dies, Inc. Each of the women are perfectly cast and take their characters seriously and firmly tongue in cheek at the same time Be prepared to laugh at the scenes go by at an astonishing pace! Poor Beth (Rachel Lin) takes the brunt of abuse for her coughing, carrying it to the point of a rap as she lays in bed dying. And bubblehead blonde Amy (Lydian Blossom) has such fun with her Valley Girl persona as she suffers from postpartum depression after giving birth to twine, confiding to the audience that there has to be mo... full review

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PETER ARANGO certified reviewer · June 10, 2014
We arrived with high expectations that were met and surpassed. The show is sharp, chest-spasmingly funny, beautifully paced, and exceedingly well played. It isn't easy to write or perform satire/tribute/parody/burlesque, and the cast pulls it off without pausing to catch a breath. Moving at high speed (including some remarkable choreography!), the play could easily have gone over the top; it doesn't There is a kind of delicacy of touch even in mordant moments (Beth dies!), and in the self-referential humor. I'm recommending the show to everyone I know and hoping it has a long and successful run!... full review

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SARAH MCDERMOTT certified reviewer · June 10, 2014
Hilarious, smart, and excellently executed by solid company of actors. Highly recommend! ... full review

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MEGHA NABE certified reviewer · June 10, 2014
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loved this show! funny, witty, and flew by. I was throughly entertained for its duration! I dont remember Little Women and i dont watch Girls and still I found such pleasure in this show. Go and watch before its too late!!V ... full review

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MICHAEL SHAW FISHER · June 11, 2014
What a hit!! Oy my sides!! WOMEN is a true delight and I highly doubt anyone will leave the theater without being blown away by the comedic forces of the actors and the reckless wit of the writer. Some jokes are dangerously funny and if you have any reference to LITTLE women or HBO's GIRLS then you will be rolling down the aisles of the Asylum, gasping like you're dying of consumption. I would even venture to say that WOMEN is even more successful, as a piece of live comedic theater, than the TV show GIRLS is as a half-hour comedy. Totally flawless. Everybody was perfectly cast and side-splittingly hilarious, but I'd like to give a special shout out to the actor who played Beth. She KILLED me! A special thanks to the producer/actor Brad... full review

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