|Friday, August 20, 2010|
|The reviews are in, and we’ve got a HIT! The reviews for our production of A WALK IN THE WOODS (which is running right now on our mainstage) are fantastic! Congratulations to our production’s stars Larry Eisenberg & Fox Carney and it’s director Richard Alan Woody.|
The Group Rep at the Lonny Chapman Theatre Presents:
A WALK IN THE WOODS
by Lee Blessing
Plays: Friday Evenings 8:00 pm
Saturday Matinees 4:00 pm
Through September 4, 2010
A play that in the wrong hands could easily bog down in dialog becomes a gripping and delicately framed study in human interaction as presented by the Group Rep. The insightful words of playwright Lee Blessing’s back story account of the Salt II negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland in 1983, gain a new life when actors Larry Eisenberg and Fox Carney infuse themselves in the characters of Andrey Botvinnik, a Soviet diplomat and John Honeyman, his opposite number negotiating for the Americans.
Jose Ruiz – Reviewplays
The success of a theatrical two-man political debate is evident by the long running, Tony winning Frost/Nixon. In the same mold, playwright Lee Blessing’s highly acclaimed, timely dramedy A Walk in the Woods brings two talking heads together for two hours of political and trivial banter and the result is something close to perfection. The lead characters, Larry Eisenberg as Andrey Botvinnik, a career Soviet diplomat, and Fox Carney, as John Honeyman, an American negotiator, are so contrapuntal, that the audience is instantly enthralled.
Bonnie Priever – Tolucan Times
Under Richard Woody’s even and smooth direction, both Eisenberg and Carney are super. Eisenberg brings his character inward and completely enjoys himself. He wears the Russian skin as if it were his own. John Honeyman is the perfect fit for Carney. His outward appearance of a workaholic, corporate executive and his inner persistent, unyielding sense of never give up ideally serve the play. This is a rivetingly topical evening of theatre, astutely written, acted and directed.
Don Grigware – BroadwayWorld
So come on down to The Group Rep, where there’s great theater in your backyard!
|Sunday, August 15, 2010|
|(Major Ridge: Traitor or Savior?)|
The Group Rep at the Lonny Chapman Theatre proudly presents a staged reading of a new play, NOT ONE MORE FOOT OF LAND! by Art Shulman, and directed by Thyra Lees-Smith.
Tuesday, August 17 and Wednesday, August 18 at 7:30 PM.
Based on a true story, NOT ONE MORE FOOT OF LAND! is a drama centering around the life of Major Ridge, a Cherokee Indian, in the times leading up to and including the Trail of Tears in the mid-1840’s. He was the most controversial Cherokee who ever lived.
ADMISSION IS FREE, but reservations are suggested. The reservations number is 818-782-4252. Ask for Art.
A discussion will take place after the reading, which you are welcome to attend.
The theater address is 10900 Burbank Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601.
For those of you not familiar with Art Shulman, he is a prolific playwright whose full-length plays include The Rabbi & The Shiksa; BAGELS; Misconceptions; Old Broads Can’t Dunk; The $4 Million Giveaway; September 10; God, Bring Me A Miracle; Boxcar & Eugenia, Sex Is Good For You; The Rabbi & The Gravedigger, and Joe Carbone’s Job.
The cast includes Linda Alznauer, Cynthia Bryant, Michael Cassano, Britt Chichester, Disraeli Ellison, Diane Frank, Elliott Goldwag, Christian Kehoe, Elle Marshall, Robert McCollum, Julianna Piechoski Milton, Tom Regan, Larry Robbins, Leo Weltman