musicals and operas · the los angeles theatre ensemble & i'm right here productions · Ages 16+ · United States

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June 24, 2011 certified reviewer

My overall impression

I didn’t really know what to expect when I entered the Stella Adler this evening. A few of my friends had raved about this play in its earlier incarnation, but had pretty well kept mum regarding details of the plot, as will I, but I have to say that even in this stripped down version, “Group” was one of the most moving pieces of live theater I have seen in a long time. The music was evocative, and extremely catchy. I didn’t experience a false moment in the script. Everyone of the actors brought their “A” game, and the direction was spot on.

I feel that out of the several original musicals I’ve seen in the last couple of years, “Group” is the one destined to continue on to greater success. I truly enjoyed it, and the rest of the audience I saw it with did as well, giving the actors a rousing standing ovation at the end.

All I can say, is that if I won the lottery this weekend, I would funnel a chunk of it into helping see this musical succeed.

I liked it that much.

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