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Posted by TheatreFreak05 2012-12-28 19:29:26


I don't know if anyone still looks on this board (sad) but I just saw Other Desert Cities last night and I wanted to say: if you're in the L.A. area PLEASE go see this wonderful production! There's one more weekend left and I might go see it again. It really is a beautiful play with some amazing performances.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-12-28 19:30:32


A couple people still look at the board.

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Posted by AC126748 2012-12-28 19:39:42


Wish I could see it--the cast looks great.

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Posted by someone.else's.story2 2012-12-29 16:56:24


Going next week and I can't wait!

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Posted by rosscoe(au) 2012-12-29 20:48:30


Saw it last weekend, a great cast. Enjoyed the show very much. About to head out to see Anything Goes.

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Posted by someone.else's.story2 2012-12-30 16:39:40


Have fun! I really enjoyed it :)

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Posted by TheatreFreak05 2012-12-30 16:44:44


Oh whoops... I thought I put this on the L.A. board haha

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Posted by Auggie27 2012-12-30 19:33:25


I have a friend who adored it, and went back a second time. I hear the company is extraordinary, new things found, and that Jeannie Berlin is terrific in the Light part.

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Posted by DAME 2012-12-30 19:59:05


I hated it. But other wi me really loved it. However that is what I get for going to a matinee in LA.

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Posted by someone.else's.story2 2012-12-31 10:28:47


Is there an LA board? I didn't even know that one existed!?!

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Posted by Idiot 2013-01-02 03:53:43


I'm with you Dame. It was bad. Even when picturing Channing and Lavin, I can't help but think that the flaws in the writing were evident in NY as well -- but this misdirected version accentuated the problems with the script.

I'm wondering if anyone but Albee should be allowed to write dysfunctional families anymore.

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Posted by chrisampm2 2013-01-02 04:09:32


TheatreFreak, since you said PLEASE, I went to Other Desert Cities. I liked it much until the confession. The actors are fine. A solid production. Thanks for the heads up.

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Posted by mallardo 2013-01-02 12:20:37


I liked it too - the second act saved it - although Jeannie Berlin was not on the same level as the other actors. Robin Weigert and Robert Foxworth were the standouts.

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Posted by AC126748 2013-01-02 13:24:01


I'm surprised to read so many criticisms of Berlin. On paper, she seems perfect.

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Posted by Idiot 2013-01-02 16:38:09


Berlin was just.... odd. Honestly, it kind of works for the character. But since the playwright decided to have her sit at a table for most of the second act with one line, who can blame her?

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Posted by nealb1 2013-01-02 18:20:01


I'll be seeing the show on Sunday night, the closing performance. Really looking forward to finally seeing it. In all my many travels to NYC every year, I just never saw it. You try to see everything on a theatre trip, but just can't.

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Posted by Kad 2013-01-02 18:22:42


Idiot, the faults of the text were all-too-apparent to me in NY. Even Judith Light couldn't make me turn a blind eye.

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Posted by Idiot 2013-01-02 20:17:53


^ The confirmation is appreciated Kad.

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Posted by keb2 2013-01-04 16:49:06


I liked Jeannie Berlin, I thought she was quite funny in the role, but it was difficult to understand her at times.

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Posted by brettarnett 2013-01-04 16:57:49


Last friday, the 28th. A cell phone went off during Act 1, maybe even two times I don't remember but Robert Foxworth came back on stage to scold the audience about turning your cell phone off. Initially I thought he was going to pull a Lupone as he kept breaking character and angrily staring into the audience. It was at a crucial moment sadly when JoBeth's Character that she will basically never talk or see her daughter if she publishes the book. I had read the play last year and enjoyed it on stage. It took me a while to warm up to Robin Weigert's interpretation of her role as I didn't imagine it as "nerdy" (that's the only way I can think to describe it). But I felt like she kind of over did the crying at the 2nd act reveal as I, nor anyone who was with me could hear what anyone else was saying.

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Posted by someone.else's.story2 2013-01-05 12:51:50


I have been excited to see this for so long and I have to admit, I was a bit underwhelmed. I found Weigert rather annoying and never warmed up to her. To me, Foxworth and Weston were the standouts.

I felt it was an okay script, but not the marvel it has been touted as. I kept imagining (and wishing) for Channing. And, I wasn't a hug fan of the direction. Wish I could have seen the original as I may have liked it better. Sorry to be a downer...I really wanted to,love it, but I just didn't.

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Posted by My Oh My 2013-01-05 13:24:31


The L.A. board is a ghost town. I didn't know about it until about a year ago but don't even take a look anymore because it's depressing seeing threads created 2 years ago at the top, lol.