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Group

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

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RICHARD M. JOHNSON certified reviewer June 24, 2011
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... full review
COLLEEN KELLY certified reviewer June 24, 2011
I am thrilled to see that "Group" will be performing at the 2011 Fringe Festival. I had seen the musical in January during its original run so I am glad that the show has the opportunity to reach even more people. A creative concept, a story full of honest emotion--the play gives us a look at people during their best and worst times, showing us how we all need someone in our lives to lean on. To top it all off, "Group" is full of catchy yet emotional music played by a live trio on stage. This show has something for all!... full review
COLLEEN KELLY certified reviewer June 24, 2011
I am thrilled to see that "Group" will be performing at the 2011 Fringe Festival. I had seen the musical in January during its original run so I am glad that the show has the opportunity to reach even more people. A creative concept, a story full of honest emotion--the play gives us a look at people during their best and worst times, showing us how we all need someone in our lives to lean on. To top it all off, "Group" is full of catchy yet emotional music played by a live trio on stage. This show has something for all!... full review
PJ WALSH certified reviewer June 26, 2011
DAMN GOOD THEATRE! This story grips & carries you without a moment missing it's mark. Great writing, creative situation & very solid acting by all the cast. The music was terrific. A very touching experience filled with very honest moments of joy & heartbreak. Get to it an enjoy this fine production!!!... full review
TONY FRANKEL stage and cinema/bitter lemons certified reviewer July 19, 2011
Tony Frankel, theatre critic for Stage and Cinema here. Here is a link to my updated review of GROUP. http://www.stageandcinema.com/2011/07/17/hollywood-fringe-2/... full review
TONY FRANKEL stage and cinema/bitter lemons certified reviewer June 24, 2011
Tony Frankel, theatre critic for Stage and Cinema here. Here's what I don't understand: A musical premieres in Los Angeles, the reviews are encouraging BUT loaded with caveats. Instead of tweaking the new musical, the creators settle with what they've got, blatantly disregarding the advice of the critics, and present the same troubled work about a troubled college professor who encourages his 6 troubled clients to sing their confessions, aided by a three-piece band that was hired by the professor. Miraculously, the patients and musicians come up with songs on the spot. Here are snippets of the reviews: "Admittedly, each of the seven characters is someone whose story we’ve seen before, whether on stage or on the big screen or on a day-o... full review
ELLEN DOSTAL musicals in la is my blog, i also do interviews/feature articles for broadwayworld.com certified reviewer June 24, 2011
The last time I saw GROUP was during a press preview in December prior to its January 2011 run at the Powerhouse Theatre. Since then, it’s clear that a great deal of thoughtful consideration has gone into its continued development. The writers have clarified the convention of “musical” group therapy in a way that is much more believable. Act I has found its rhythm with improved pacing, the relationships between the characters are stronger, and the actors have relaxed into their roles. Two performances in particular standout, Isaac Wade as Dr. Allen and Trevor Algatt as Phillip, however the work of the entire ensemble has become much more nuanced and natural. Vocals are occasionally out of tune when several of the actors push the notes ... full review