Catherine: Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey in Today's L.A.

ensemble theatre · ray burley productions · Ages 12+ · world premiere · United States of America

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CHRISTOPHER MCKENZIE certified reviewer June 20, 2015
Such a cute play. The protagonists were adorable and lovable and the antagonists were despicable and terrible. Totally enjoyable and endearing. Lovely.... full review
BRI GIGER certified reviewer June 23, 2015
tagged as: CUTE · Catharine
This show is so cute and spot on. Very relatable for anybody who lives in Los Angeles or anybody pursing their dreams. Kristen Day- She has incredible stage presence. Every time she left the stage I wanted her back for more Brendan Weinhold- Such commanding presence. Very charming and sweet and overall a very lovable character. Always a fan of watching the talented Brendan W. but this by far is one of my favorite performances. This is a different side of him I've never seen.. just adding more to his crazy talent. Allison Powell- The lead and the overall voice of the show. Such incredible comedic timing and on point one liners throughout the show. Amy Rose Schumacher- Hilarious!! And over the course of the play you can't hate bu... full review
JACK ZULLO certified reviewer June 12, 2015
tagged as: adaptation · black box · minimalist
Enthusiastic and kinetic. Nice pacing in this modern adaptation by Stina Pederson. Allison Powell is the lynch pin of the cast with engaging performances by those around her. The piece has moments that will lead to you empathic frustration on behalf of Catherine's trials, as well as fun moments of levity. You'll leave this show feeling good with a smile. Noble fringe work. ... full review
NINA LEONARD certified reviewer June 25, 2015
Though not as familiar with Northanger Abbey as I would like to be, this adaptation excels at transplanting a familiar story into a familiar place, and giving the audience new eyes with which to view old customs (Austen letter-writing tradition and Los Angelino habit of always hustling). ... full review
MELISSA CENTER certified reviewer June 26, 2015
A fun, short and sweet adaptation! With such an intimate space, a lot of the performances could stand to be dialed down, but I appreciated the passion and energy the cast brought to the story :-)... full review
MORNA MURPHY MARTELL certified reviewer June 26, 2015
As someone who has never read Jane Austen’s ‘Northanger Abbey’ this updating the story to modern LA by Stina Pederson is silly but fun. Allison Powell is adorable as the naïf Catherine drawn into a Gothic Hollywood mad-for-success plot. She has the face of a porcelain doll and the eyes of a wondering deer in headlights. The entire cast perform with an energy and mad delight that is a relief from the too-often subtle murmurings in other shows. Jane Austen might not recognize her own work but if she lived today this might have been the tale she would tell. Reviews @theatrespokenhere ... full review
LESLIE SIMMS certified reviewer June 30, 2015
Such a delight! Made me want to go back and watch the TV movie of "Northanger Abbey". Perfectly cast, but a stand out for me was Brendan Weinhold who played Henry. He was just adorable! Never saw anyone hang his head so charmingly. Made you want to go and get a can, so he could kick it! Delightful show all around and what a great idea! Kudos to Stina Pederson, the author ... full review
CYANNE MCCLAIRIAN certified reviewer July 07, 2015
Truly a delight. This play had me smiling the entire time... even hours later just thinking about it. Well done. And guess who's picked up some more Jane Austin to read? ;)... full review
DANIEL JOHNSON certified reviewer June 17, 2015
In this modern take on Jane Austen’s lesser-known work Northanger Abbey, our heroine Catherine has been transported to present-day Los Angeles. A stranger in a big city, Catherine is just beginning to carve out her space in her newfound home, encountering a broad range of characters of varying degrees of integrity. Good and kind Catherine learns to stand on her own feet and live by her convictions. Adaptations of this sort have the unique task of satisfying two audiences: those familiar with the original work and those who are not. Unfortunately, Catherine is not up to the latter task. The story seems to meander along - nods to various subplots surface and disappear with little impact on the central story.... Please read the rest o... full review