to the Editor
To Jose Ruiz,
Your review of our client Daniel Felix de
Weldon's performance in Kingdom of
Earth is not in perspective to his portrayal of the character, but
rather more of a commentary on the character itself. Please consider
the difference between the two when reporting.
I enjoyed meeting you at the Nov. 23, 2014 Colburn concert at
Sierra Madre Playhouse. And I also enjoyed the review you wrote
after the Oct. concert by the Alma String
Quartet. It’s so helpful to have feedback from someone
with your background and experience!
I look forward to seeing you at future
With best wishes for a happy holiday,
Dear Mr. Ruiz,
your review, some
of us almost
opening day, we had no idea how the audience will react.
It was a huge
risk for us to do
this huge amount of play
in Japanese with subtitles.
reading your review, we are all so happy to know that our risk got paid
thank you, thank you so much for coming that opening night!!
We are all
really appreciate that you came and gave us a wonderful gift!!
We will work
very hard until the closing night!!!
Love and with
from Sachiyo K
as Lady Bracknell
thank you so much for your support!!
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Sachiyo K (神林幸代）
Carol: Thank you so much for such a heartfelt
critique of our new play, 1NY.
It feels like the
umbilical cord is still attached and I'm glad you treated us
like the adolescents we are.
Come back when we grow up!
review. Except Honabigi isn’t indigent, she’s aboriginal or
indigenous. Unlike her boyfriend Bruno, she has a good job! (Moose
on the Loose)
- John Gallogly
- Executive Director
- Theatre West
I would like to thank Jose Ruiz for a
beautiful, brilliant, eloquent, educated, articulate review of "South
of Delancey". I was absolutely blown away that he remembered me
from "The Nun and the
Countess". I put his reviews on my resume from my role as the
And I am not just complimenting his writing
because he spoke well of our show, but I want him to know I really
appreciated his attention to details. He really got it. He understood
every aspect of the plot, the story, the characters, the depth and
nuances of the period and the people, (which a lot of reviewers
missed). I just want to say thank you. . . .
6 - 20 - 11
Thanks so much for the wonderful review of A
MEMORY OF TWO MONDAYS. It was a
pleasure to meet you after the show, and I hope we meet again in the
PS-two things in passing: I didn't notice any mention of Amelia
Mulkey's direction in your review. I want to say, as someone who has
worked with a lot of directors (and a director myself), she was
outstanding in this
effort. The fact that her work was, largely, invisible is testament to
- Thanks again for everything.
All the best,
Dear Jose Ruiz,
Thank you for the lovely review of our play (The
Berlin Dig). You got it! It may not likely be everyone's cup of tea,
but what is?
I'm thrilled you both enjoyed it and recommend it.
Irwin Moskowitz (Peter)
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Dear Mrs. Carol
Rigoletto in LA is the very, very best
I have ever seen and heard. First of all the brilliant, wonderful Tenor,
Gianluca Terranova is and remind just unforgettable! His voice is so
clear, so expressive, so excited that I just can not forget it! Thank
goodness, we can hear him in
YouTube in his other fantastic performances and we`re traveling
everywhere, we can, jus to hear and see this fantastic Tenor, such a voice
one can not find twice! He is the sun of the opera sky! It would be so
wonderful if it would be possible soon, to get a DVD of this whole great
performance of the most wonderful Verdi Opera, Rigoletto, with this very
best singers and conductor and the whole team! Bravi, Bravissimo! Thank
you very much for your precious article of this unforgettable, great
Have a great 2011
and do hope that we'll also have a great one with the issue of this great
Rigoletto event in LA!
Susan and Helmut
Klee from Cologne/Germany
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I'm quite thankful a critic came to the play and actually got it. I just
wish when you google The Berlin Dig it
would show up (on google) . . . . You should get an IT guy to hook
your reviews to go right to google.
I notice you misspelled Ronnie Rayguns last name, unless it was
(ed. comment: A typo in Ronald
Reagan's name has been corrected)
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Thank you so much for your kind
words of my performance of "Alice in 99
Impossible Things". The review was very thorough and fair, thank you
for not being a hater as some reviewers can be :),
My best and Happy 2011!
Barbara, (Scolaro) a.k.a. Alice
Nice to see you again Jose!
I certainly enjoyed your analysis of the concert
performance of the Glendale Phil.
It was a very enjoyable night and many comments have made their way to me
suggesting excitement about "Peter & the Wolf" coming in January as a
great follow up.
Thanks for coming and sharing the evening with us.
Rev. Charles Updike (First Baptist Church of
This past weekend, my wife and I, had the opportunity
to see this performance at The Chandler Studio Theatre. (How
I Learned to Drive) In my opinion, your review is right-on!
This certainly is a difficult topic to undertake and we both felt it was
handled with utmost professionalism and as much good taste as possible.
The cast performed, in our opinion, magnificently and I hope that many of
your followers will take the opportunity to see this show personally.
Chip Strapp (1-25-10)
I didn't see the play but all of the other reviewers make it
plain that the 2 characters were role-playing as prostitute and john.
When Mr. Ruiz wrote, " ...
The unlikely premise allows Neilson to give Abby and Stu free reign in
their actions, their language and even their feelings. It’s sort
of a retread story – a beautiful prostitute (not too jaded yet) meets
a “john” who eventually falls in love with her and she with him and
they set up house together. There’s the inevitable pregnancy, and the
nagging doubt ...
This doesn't sound like he saw the same play as everyone else. Did Mr.
watch the play?
This is Steve Gideon -- I just wanted to drop you a
note to thank you so much for coming to my show and for such a lovely
It means a great deal to me and I wanted to let you know how much it is
All the best to you and for the coming year.
- Steve Gideon
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You were on my list to write tonight!! We
are so honored and pleased with what we read. (Ties
that Bind) I sent it onto to everyone and they all called
me and thanked me for having you come and review. And you were so
generous with us! We sent it on to our teachers at the school and the
students. You know, the coolest thing is, I always worry if we are
making a good translation of the story- at least what we intended -
your review was so concisely written and I saw it through your eyes!
It gave me such perspective and I feel we did make our story
clear. Thank you so much for that.
I am so pleased we met and that you came, please come
anytime, we would be honored to have you. Like any art, the play
changes as the performances go on and we learn more from the
characters. It very well may be different by closing night, so come
back if you like.
Thank you again and I will keep in touch with things as they come up
in the future,
You reviewed my play "Better Than
Beethoven" at the MET (Sept/Oct 2006)--many people
went to your website to read the review. However, when I
looked today in the archive (unless I missed it)--I didn't
Could you possibly re-post it? As the
playwright/composer (and the actors as well)--I really
appreciate the positive review from your respected theatre
Jackie Bassan (3-6-07)
May we make a special request from Turkey-Istanbul ?
We are looking for the CD, DVD of the play Out
of Order of Ray Cooney. Is there any
special addition to obtain it ? Could you kindly provide us
the company name to where we can order ?
Thanks in advance.
Best regards and happy new year. (12-29-06)
- Thank you SO
much for the fabulous review! It was such a pleasure
meeting you and I wish you and all your loved ones a
wonderful holiday season and the best for the new
- Debra (Ehrhardt,
playwright and star of "Jamaica,
Carol Segal and friends at the website!
I want to thank you very sincerely for the lovely review you've given
my show at the Falcon.
I appreciate you comments...the fact that you GOT IT...and I'm most
thankful for the lines concerning the other folks who have and still work
hard on our show.
You do a wonderful job!
I must say . . . I'm new to your site. . . but, will direct my theatre enthusiast friends to it always!!
Keep up the good work!
Fritz Coleman NBC4 (9-25-06)
From: "Mac MacDonald"
Subject: REVIEW of "IN THE CHIPS!"
Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2006 12:29:42 -0700
unsigned hatchet job review of "IN
THE CHIPS!" is pathetic. Given that
the toad-looking fat slob with closed-off body
language doesn't even sign his name to the review speaks
volumes about your web site. You don't take
responsibility for your bile.
The fact that Mac referred
to a Top Secret Report in the context of the song "In
the Chips!" because he'd re-written the lyrics
several times, and they come fast and furious, was an
acceptable choice given the pressures of opening
weekend. This is the only time he held a folder for
reference. Stop lying!
The plot was easily
followed by others. Perhaps total loss of focus are
part of your reviewer's problem; get a medical checkup;
you looked in terrible physical condition!
The paper boa is astrobrite paper, so that it
"jumps" under the blacklite. Something you
obvioulsy [sic] were unable to discern.
Many in the audience commented that they
liked the score. The problem for some were the racial
slurs, and put-down dialogue. The program should contain
the disclaimer: to anyone not offended by this musical,
Return to your silly,
sentimental musicals, and be sure to keep
praising the "old warhorses" and miscellaneous
retreads you so often admire. Oh, and be sure to flog more
of the Bard, as verbose iambic pentameter will
certainly draw a young audience. You're the reason young
people are turned off by theatre.
You old farts are
totally out of touch with contemporary satire. Bet
you don't have the balls to put this response [sic] onto
your web site!
Re: REVIEW of "IN THE
We don't support your
imbecile reviewer! Some of your letters, by the way, refer to
shows that closed many months ago. Again, pathetic!
x v w (Aug 9, 2006)
- Dear Mr. Axelrod:
Thank you so much for coming to see our play and for
taking the time to really understand who was who and how
this contemporary piece of Los Angeles plays out. You
really understood where we were going and I look forward
to meeting you again. I've enjoyed working with Carlos on
this project and both casts have been extraordinarly
inventive and responsive.
One photo problem - that's Joseph Eid in the photo not
Matty Ferraro - but we're not quibbling.
- Onward with love,
Gloria Gifford (5-29-06)
Letter to Cynthia Citron re: "Between
the Sheets" Review
This sounds great. I miss
burlesque...the Hudson Theatre, Union City New Jersey.
would make the trip from Brooklyn to see Stinky
and Shorty, Billy Zoot
Reed...and then the Burbank and the Follies...
Main Street LA, and the old
Howard in Boston. What fun, not to mention
the great strippers... Tempest
Storm, Helen Lovett and Lenny Bruces wife, Honey
Harlow at the Colony
Club way down Western Avenue in Gardena. What
Seymour Sussman (5-27-06)
I saw the play,
"Equinox" last weekend and it was great! I just
think that Robert Stephenson is great. I saw him in
"Southern Baptist Sissies" at the Zephyr Theatre a
few years ago and I was just mesmerized with his
performance. When I found out that he would be starring in
"Equinox" I had to go and see it. He was great! I
think that he had more chemistry with Tate Taylor in
"Southern Baptist Sissies" than his latter
co-stars in "Equinox"! I will watch anything that
he is in.
Tandy ward (5-25-06)
Thank you for your recommendation for this amazing
Capture the Castle).
I have been a fan of this novel since my youth, and
was delighted to finally see it brought to life
The characters, as I remember them, are vividly
brought to life by this amazing cast.
My best to you..........
Hildegarde R. (5-10-06)
Loved the interview,
Don!!! And so enjoyed your style... you're awesome and I
appreciate all the coverage you've given us.
del (shores) 4-10-06
You’re beginning to sound like the Maureen Dowd of the
LA Critic World! And I love the way you write!
Keep it up. (re: Square
Green Bay, Wisconsin, and wishing that I were in LA for
the good ones!!! (1-22-06)
Just wanted to say thank
you so much for the wonderful review
you gave to the show recently. It is wonderful
to have it as part of the show now. The play has
been so interesting as the majority of people have a
positive reaction and get what I was writing, as you did,
your review hit the nail on the head, but some are so
impacted by it being too personal, or too about the
dishes, or too putting down my wife, they can't stand it.
You saw the truth and reviewed it as such. It was a
pleasure to see your smiling face in the audience that day
and just wanted you to know that your writing and thoughts
were very much appreciated. The play has been going
very well, could always use more people, but am most happy
that it is impacting people, in whatever manner, as art
- Hope you have a wonderful week and
I'll let you know what's coming up in the future,
- All my best,
- John Fortson
I have a "google alert" on Susan Sullivan and
the play "Honour".
I knew the show was opening this past weekend and couldn't
wait to read some reviews.
Although I love seeing Susan in everything, her dramatic
roles are her forte. I had read some of what the play was
about, but your review just intensified it more.
I will be seeing Susan's last performance on November 6th.
Coming all the way from West Virginia. She has been a fan
of mine since she started acting. I'm just hoping that
Robert Foxworth will close out the play with her. I would
love seeing them on stage together.
Thanks for the great review.
Charleston, WV (8-30-05)
I just read
your play review (Room
Service) I am thrilled to tell you that my older
brother is Ronald Quigley . After all these years he is
trying to convince me that I am older than him. He has
always been the comic brother, especially the time he put
itching powder and sneezing powder in my bed when I was
about 12.. After all these years I still LOVE him and he
is my favorite brother - break a leg Ron.
your favorite sister
My name is
Annette Nicolai, Managing Director of Repertory Opera
Thanks so much for your positive review. (of
Don Giovanni) ROC is certainly a valiant effort for
all of its participants, particularly for Lizbeth Lucca,
and I'm pleased that you've caught the spirit and intent
of the company.
Keeps those cards and letters coming!
Annette Nicolai (6-20-05)
It was a pleasure to have you in our "Habitations of
Dragons" audience, especially on the day that
playwright Horton Foote was present. The was an absolute
aura around the afternoon; no on wanted to go home. We
never know when a "critic"or columnist is in the
audience, but we always hope for the best when we see the
You outdid yourself on our behalf. Thank you from all of
us, and a very loud thank you, thank you, thank you for
your kind words about Uncle Virgil Tolliver, your
"favorite." He's mine too.
Your article will be a most important part of the scrap
book my wife is compiling for me.
Hope to see you again on other happy occasions.
Don Robb / Uncle Virgil
- (Editor's Note: Habitation of Dragons
was reviewed by Travis Michael Holder for this
Hi... I could not agree
with you more about the direction... (You Can't Take it
- Dear Travis -
As a member of the cast of Habitation
of Dragons, we are richly praised indeed. We
"old timers" who came late to the party,
have a blast watching these younger ones whose
futures lie before them. Myself? Uncle Virgil is 76,
and so am I, so when the senile parts are handed
out, I am more capable of handling with every
Your review was deeply satisfying and supportive.
Thank you so very much.
And I hope we'll see you again... soon.
- Don Robb (Uncle
- To Whom It Might Concern:
Recently I read one of your reviews of a show I saw last
Spunk", I enjoy it as well but I
wanted to share my experience about this other fun and
different show I saw the week before. "LOVE OR BEST
OFFER" playing at the Globe Playhouse.
This play is so absolutely wonderful. So real, so clever.
Makes me laugh, cry, laugh some more......then. . .
I love theatre and I never write letters like this, but I
really enjoy this play a lot and I believe it
deserves the time and kudos to the talented cast who wrote
this original piece. You would be missing out on a good
theatre experience in LA. It's extremely funny, has a hot
live band and its filled with amazing moments.
I believe they are closing this week (tuesday or
wednesday) but I hope they'll get extend. Trust me,
it's that good.
Thank you for your time,
Marco Santiago 4-18-05
sang the Monitor in "Suor
Angelica" and have been with the company from
its inception. Thanks so much for a generous review.
You've articulated Lizbeth Lucca's vision really well.
A lot of heart and love for opera are put into our
productions, in spite of less than perfect
circumstances. Our hope is that our audience base
keeps growing and that we become a viable company here
in Los Angeles. With the help of reviews like yours,
and our talent it will happen!
I just wanted to drop a quick note to say "Thank
you" for letting me realize I'm not
- alone in finding that
horrid song objectionable.
- I just watched
my college's local theatre group put it on this
weekend, and was ready
- to utterly spit
nails. The play was amusing, the storyline
quaint...it's just that one reprehensible song. I fail
to see how a song about rape is even remotely amusing,
- are they going to
sing about miscarriages next?
- 28 Feb 2005
The other night I had
the privilege of viewing an early version of Yellowman
at the Fountain Theatre with my humanities 108 class,
Black Images in Pop Culture. I just want to say that I
was really, extremely taken away with the production.
It was wonderful and easy to follow. Even though it
was only two actors; who were beautiful and beautiful
together, I could really see about ten to twelve
actors on stage. I could smell the liquor, see the
blood, and I could connect with their pain. Both
characters had their personal struggles and I think
that was the best part. I mean they had their own
problems but when they merge together they had more
problems. It's kind of hard to put out in words but
not to understand. I'm going again. This is a
production that should be taken across the country, it
is truly genuine.
- Dear Sir
- My name is Rodrigo and I'm writing
- I am an actor interested to know
short American plays and i'd
- like to know if you could send me the
texts of NEO A LA CARTE.
- I've just known Levines's texts and
they are incredible.
- thank you very much! Rodrigo
On behalf of the cast of A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's
Scientology Pageant, I would like to sincerely thank Travis Michael
Holder for such a wonderful review of our show. Your kind words about
myself and the other cast members are very much appreciated. We had a
great run and had so much fun with this show and I'm happy to say, a
terrific response from all of our audiences. Many thanks again!
website and nice to see your interview with Racquel
L. She is one of the best. How does one 'officially' invite
your critics to review a show. Inquiring minds need to know.
All The best
- Hello Jose,
We met at my play, Opening
Doors, a few weeks ago.
I wanted to thank you for such a glowing review! Many
people read it and attended. So thanks again and we
look forward to seeing you again for future
Victoria Platt Tilford
Costa here, from "Macho
Men". My Macho Man, Francisco called me and
said you have to see this review. Thank you so much
for you beautiful words. Knowing that people really
get the message truly touches me. Seeing it in
writing, so eloquently as you've put it, truly
inspires me to push forward and bring this to a bigger
audience. So when you see this on television as a
special and a series know that you contributed to the
vision becoming a reality.
To Whom It May Concern:
My background is in
acting, directing and playwriting. I wanted to
respond to the comments about the use of the word
"rape" in the Fantastiks, as outlined in
Yes, there is value in
remaining true to playwright's intent.
However, there is also value in recognizing that
language changes, and to preserve the author's intent,
sometimes the word or words need to change; and
this is not about whether or not the word is
"offensive" or "inoffensive."
The argument about the
present use of the word "rape" suggests that
the playwright's intention is now lost on the
audience. In MacBeth, "damn" is
still understood, and used the same way linguistically
as "darn." I say, change the word to
"abduct" and preserve the original intent of
"rape" in The Fantastiks, to not do so is to
change the meaning of the show.
wanted you to know how you’re reviews have brought me so
much joy this week. First your review of Blood of
Macbeth, in which I play Banquo, really made all the hard
work we went through worth it J
Then, as I was looking through the site to print a copy to
show my mom, I noticed that you’ve reviewed her show too!
My mom is Margarita Rey, who appeared in the chorus of Las
Zarzuelas as one of the trio of gossipy village women that
are in the back. To be an artist in this town is often
thankless, and both of us perform out of a love for what we
do – to see our efforts rewarded is so wonderful.
Thanks so much for your efforts.
In your review of The
House of Yes at Edgemar, you state:
'you wonder why they have the sound effects guy just behind
a window on stage, which happened to roll up halfway through
I am the 'sound effects guy,' (usually referred to as Sound
Board Operator or Sound Designer, in legitimate theater
discourse...should I address you as 'reviewer guy'?), and my
sound booth is NOT on stage, NOT behind a window. It is to
the left of the audience, facing
the stage, on a raised platform, obscured by wood and
[At various intervals of the play, offstage characters are
revealed to be spying on the others; presumably this is what
you are (inaccurately) referring to. It is intentionally
Negatively review if that is your inclination, but have the
professional decency to get your facts straight - and your
terminology correct - prior to 'publishing' your opinion.
Alec James. (8/13/04)
compelled to comment on your review of the War Room. I saw
this play with five of my family members. One of them is a
city council woman who is running for mayor. We all loved
it. we were so affected and touched by Mr. Shamans writing. we
cried...we laughed...we were in awe of all of the actors.
They did an amazing job! You did not even mention that
proceeds from ticket sales went to the Veterans of Foreign
wars. I am a proud member of the VFW. I have been in
the oval office before...seen recreations of the oval office
on TV when budget allowances are tens of thousands of dollars and
this set for the War Room was AMAZING! This is a BLACK BOX
With all that has
been going on since 9/11,knowing we have men and women
fighting and dying for us you would think that you
would concentrate more on the writing and the meaning of
this play. the fact that you did not comment on the
theme of the play leads me to believe that you might not be
qualified to review plays. In the lobby as you entered
the theatre they had pictures of people who had served our
country in past wars and people who are serving now. One
would get the feeling immediately that the play was pro
soldier...pro war...pro peace...If there is anything anti
about this play maybe it would be to think before we
act ..before we send hundreds of thousands of men and women into
harms way. I would suggest that any one and every one see
this play. It is a play that will leave you wanting to see
more! go see the WAR ROOM!
Hello, my name is Michelle
Cheney and I am one of the rabid fans that you talk about in
your Hedwig review. My friends and I cracked up when we read
this! Who knew we would make it in a review.
We thought you would like a
photo of us to show your fans, please see attached.
favorite Hedwig admits she likes a warm hand on her opening
and her audience at the tiny Celebration Theatre seems all
too happy to provide a little digital exploration. You know
a show like Hedwig
and the Angry Inch has achieved cult status when the front
row is filled with a gaggle of rabid fans who look as though
they just brought their pet cows into town for a 4-H project
but can still mouth every number in Steven Traskâ€™s
breakneck score, their yellow paper Hedwig hats wafting in
the air in unison as Wade McCollum in the tile role
viciously rips through â€śTear Me Down.â€ť
We are HUGE Wade McCollum fans.
We like Hedwig as well, but we LOVE Wade. We are from
Portland, Oregon and flew to LA specifically to see him
in this show. We are delighted that he is getting such good
Collectively the six of us have
seen him in over 100 shows, mostly Hedwig, Bat Boy, Merchant
of Venice and his own rock musical called ONE.
Cheney (July 2004)
- Anyway, just wanted to say
Hi and Rock on!
just saw Bessie and Friends, and I thought the whole
production was well done. I am wondering if this was something
the producers put together because it sure in hell made a
believer out of me!!
Pat Hodges is a super talent!!
Manuel Esparza at Chicano Magazine (6-4-04)
with you is great!!!!!!! Just letting you know how I
feel about your show .(FUNNY BUSINESS)
seldom do stage performances hold everyone to the highest of
creativity tackling difficult subject matter with humor
successfully. One indicative of significant
worth, that is different from the ordinary in a suspicious,
quaint, and eccentric way, marked by unusual quality, merit,
Just wanting to send out a special and gracious, "Thank You", to Mr.
Ruiz for his beautifully written review of The Dolly. I appreciated his
thoughtful and elegantly phrased opinion of our work. We have all
worked, perhaps, harder on this than any previous project. It is so very good
to know that these efforts have paid off.
Thank you, Jose.
Director. The Dolly
review, I feel. I am the playwright. (of
The Dolly) This play has been produced several
times before, the first time with Annette Bening as a young
actress at ACT in San Francisco originating the central
role. I have never been prouder of an ensemble of
actors as I was this last Saturday night of these actors.
For me it was a rare experience to go completely
unintroduced to a family of actors--whom I had not met
previously--bringing my family of characters to life.
It was mind-blowing for me.
Thanks for the
went to see "Sluts
With Guts" at Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre on
Friday night. I haven't enjoyed a performance that
much for a very long time. Young smart funny women
with a lot of spunk, imagination and courage doing
everything they did VERY well. The laughter was
rolling over the audience, would almost stop and then
begin again! The ensemble is just offensive enough
to make it quite challenging for the squeamish and
wonderful for the rest of us. I think the work is
RIBALD. Funny, funny, funny and beautifully done.
Not a lemon or a weak staff member in the bunch
along with wonderful direction and writing. You've
got to see this one!
Woodland Hills, California
- 28 March, 2004
.........Right On, Mr. Ruiz.
. . . .
I must commend you on your taste and reviews you wrote for
'The Pagans' as our views match to a 'T'. You are a very
fine reviewer and I must compliment your style, down home,
honest, and organic. You notice the little things that are
remnants of life. You are not a pretentious, elitist,
academic pseudo-worm that feeds on artists vulnerability,
and I commend you for that. Your words are pure and simple
and everyone can understand what you are saying, hence I
must commend you. . . .
I haven't even visited your website but I have the insight
one review of a show which I also saw and can totally
Do, let us stay in touch.
(L.A. Ovation Voter) and recipient for a LADCCA
- I've seen COMING
TO LIFE twice, and I realize that the beauty of the play is in
its deceptive simplicity. I agree with your assessment of the
actors, but where do their performances come from without the
sensitive monologues and perceptive interchanges?
The play is an intimate conversation. The audience is a collective
'fly on the wall,' made privy to secrets and revelations that
strike a chord with everyone.
I also agree with your assessment of the directing It's amateurish
and has a devastating effect on the piece itself. I suggest that
you go see the play again--without a reviewer's notebook--just a
Professor Jay Zorn, USC
I had the pleasure of seeing
this play (The
Nun and the Countess)
on opening night and
WOW! what a great Show!! I was especially
struck by the
performance of Luis de Amechazurra who I believe really stole
the show with his performance! I am sure we will see this guy
working in Hollywood on the big screen soon and in plays for a long
time to come!
Thanks, Jose for your insightful and knowledgeable review of
THE DEAD EYE BOY.
I appreciate your support of our work and our creating this
kind of vibrant theatre in Los Angeles.
I hope you can continue to spread the word about the show.
you want a laugh a minute, go see 'IS
IT HOT IN HERE OR IS IT ME" at the Egyptian Arena Theatre in
Hollywood. Dee Wallace Stone (as you've never seen her before) is
hilarious as a woman going through the bumpy ride of menopause, taking
her bewildered husband (Ruben Garfias is delightful!) and anyone else in
her life, along with her. The talented ensemble cast couldn't be better
in their variety of roles each actor portrayed. Cleverly directed, the
production moved from vignette to vignette with an almost seamless flow.
Don't miss this show!
~ Cynthia Cynko
It Hot In Here" - Or is it Me" was marvelous.
I enjoyed it so very, very much. It was so entertaining, humorous,
informative, interesting, and I could not believe that we were there
over two hours. The time just flew. The fact that many of the actors
and actresses had more than one part, used more than one accent and
did such a wonderful job amazed me, they were all excellent, and
perfect for each part.
The story brought out much about menopause and mid-life crisis for
both people, and showed how they lived through it and what was
important in the end....
I have nothing but great comments for this play, IT WAS EXCELLENT and
the director (and all of the rest of the cast) DID A FANTASTIC JOB.
Why don't you wacky guys submit
the current review of A
CLOCKWORK ORANGE to a high school English teacher for an evaluation
of the reviewer's understanding of the material? Really, honestly,
whoever this guy is, wherever he comes from, he most certainly is not up
to reviewing on a professional level. "After a few setbacks and
some follow-up treatment, the audience learns that the so called
treatment didn't really work and Alex is back to his old self.
However, one gets the hint that he was never really "cured"
but faked the results to get out of jail, and now that he's free again,
he's eager to rape, pillage, traumatize and inflict suffering for the
sheer joy of it." Huh? How about THIS interpretation instead? The
shock and trauma of Alex's failed suicide attempt neutralizes the
Ludovico Treatment's effects, thus curing him of the cure. The
implications, of course, are deeply Freudian - the primal self is,
ultimately, indelible and must be understood rather than conquered.
Also, I stongly advise the reviewer to spend less time admiring
Christina DeRosa's "cheekiness" and more time getting the
characters straight. For future reference, programs generally are quite
useful for telling actors apart (Deltoid and Em were clearly mistaken
for other characters). Have fun, you silly people.
Brad Mays Director, Anthony
Burgess' A CLOCKWORK ORANGE 2003
Hi- I just wanted to thank you for such a glowing
Daughters) Though, I'm not actually sure who the reviewer was.
Whoever you are, mystery reviewer, you made me (and my mother)
extraordinarily proud. Thanks again.-
Beth Fisher (The Fool) 9-2-03
you so much for such a great review! (Crimes
of the Heart) I appreciate you coming out to see our show. I
wanted to get back to you sooner, but I went to NY right after
the play closed and I just got back yesterday.
hope all is well with you and I'll let you know when we are doing
Actor/Producer (Aug -2003)
Dear Jose :
Thank you for your insightful, generous and passionate critique of our
show. (ZHX Soundscape)
small theater would scarcely exist but for Richard Christiansen, the
Tribune critic who sought out art beyond the Broadway show shops and
wound up discovering the Steppenwolf and birthing a theater community.
It means a great deal to me that you wrote what you wrote. I
remember just before the show, you cocked an eyebrow, warning me about
trusting the audience to pay for tickets. Perhaps if there were a
chance that we'd make any money or that one of us would be whisked off
to stardom, I might have been more concerned. But what's important
to me is that people show up, that we start to build a community of
theatergoers, like the old second city. Your presence and review
go a long way to making that happen.
ZHX SOUNDSCAPE/HOTHOUSE STC (8-6-03)
I was checking out your website. It's really comprehensive.
I'm going to see the Woman
of Independent Means this weekend. You inspired me.
- Magdalena Morales
- I felt compelled, for some reason
to reply to your recent review of The
Fantasticks at The West End Theatre. Although not having
seen this production, it is one of my very favorite musicals and one
I do not tire of.
Although you and I do not see eye to eye on the "Rape"
song (it doesn't bother me in the least) I understand stand it to be
just how it is meant. Although there are many people that
(understandably so) do feel the way that you do and were scared away
by the word Rape. I thought you might be intrigued to know
that the show was actually given a second choice. For those
theatre's not wanting to offend, there is a "stunt song"
shall we say, to replace the Rape song. The alternate song
fits well and I have seen it used in some theatre's. When
Robert Goulet starred in a road company of it three or four years
ago, the Rape Ballet was changed to the alternate song, The
Abduction. I also think they used that song in the hideous movie
made of The Fantasticks a few years back.
So it is really up to each individual production of which song they
would like to use. I have been in several productions of this
show and one of the productions opted to use The Abduction instead.
I just thought you might be interested in that little piece of
- Hope Kaufman
. . . thank you so much. I wish I had a chance
to talk to you afterwards. I just have to say one thing, the show you
came to has been the only one that we did not like, did not enjoy. I'll
talk to you about it when/if we have a chance. It is indeed an
interesting phenomenon in a theatre, related to the auditorium, or the
Thank you again for this very
sensitive review (PROPS).
It touched our hearts. You are great . . .
that you completely missed the point and unfortunate that you so
brazenly display the fact! (Dame
Wonderful review (Jewtopia)
and Mazol Tov. Hope to see you soon.
Marshall and Becky Fogel.
- Whoever reviewed L'chaim
- Dorn, Charles - 5-31-03
read your review of Road,
the Wolfpack Productions
presentation. I saw this
a couple of months ago – actually saw it twice, as the
cast changed roles on alternate nights. A
very interesting turn, I thought – it was like seeing two
different plays. I thought it was a
commendable effort – a bit hard to get into at first, with the
off-putting accents and strangeness… but it turned out to be
moving and funny. And seeing it twice
served to highlight the talents of its young and
I don't know your name, or how to address you, but
GOD BLESS YOU for the kind words you've had to say on my behalf for
this review. ("Abraham
Lincoln in Two Miles a Penny") Of course, an
actor/writer always considers the favorable mentions as brilliant,
inspired, and insightful, while every criticism is simply born of
idiocy. I read them all, and am impacted by them all - it's the only
fair way. I spent a couple of years researching, writing, rehearsing,
distilling the vast information available on this man, and genuinely
came to appreciate his contribution to America... indeed, mankind.
A project of this nature has to be its own reward
(nobody is going to cast me on an episode of "Friends" as a
result.) I can not tell you how pleased I was to read "...doesn't
play... he IS..." and "...it takes another actor to bring
him back to life". Thank you very much, for being there and for
your generous support.
- Ed Trotta (May 3, 2003)
Excuse me i would just
like to briefly point out that some of the information you have posted
of a review on the play 'Road'
was wrong. im from london and would just like to say the definition of
a slag is not a hooker, a slag does not sell herself for money, she is
just a bit loose, shes been around a bit and has no sexual morals. a
slag is not a profession its a type of person.. you know, like a bimbo
is not a profession, its a way of describing someone! thanks, its just
that it really anoys me when people get stuff wrong like that.
P.S - for my A
Levels we just performed a production of Road and it was not boring at
all, a complete success, you should come down to London and we'll show
you what real theatre is all about.
(May 1, 2003)
Where in the play or on stage made the critic
assume that it took place in Cuba? (Cutting
Open Wings) Members of the cast include Dominicans and
Venezuelans who were not trying to sound like Cubans. They were
speaking they way their parents taught them to. And for the
record, I don't you'll find many cacti or Chihuahas in Havana,
Santo Domingo, or Caracas. But you will find a lot of people who
do drop their esses.
Steve Willoy (4/28/03)
Thanks so much for the great
Mountain Mighty Warriors). We will use it in future
publicity packets! We're glad you enjoyed the show. Thanks again!
Michael Hornbuckle (4/7/03)
I just wanted to thank you for attending and reviewing DOGS
it means a lot to us that our first production was reviewed by
Thanks for supporting quality theatre in LA, in which MetaTheatre
excited to be a part.
Anthony Meindl (director - March 2003)
saw the show (These
are the Good Old Days ) and I have to take exception regarding the
writer's contention that some of the material is derogatory. The song
"Yiddische Mama" was a tribute to the performers' mothers
and grandmothers. It is a classic Yiddish song featuring
photos of Ms. Page and Ms. Gibbs own relatives. There is
nothing demeaning about the way it is presented or how it is
performed. Just because something is ethnic does not
automatically translate into "derogatory." Everyone has
their own threshold of taste, but I find the comment regarding this
piece of material totally off base.
the way, the show is great fun. I see the run was extended. So go
I want to thank you for mentioning Patricia Fraser's
performance in The
Madness of Esme and Shaz at Celebration Theatre. I was
one of the 6 actresses in that show, and I am in total agreement with
you, AND she was a joy to work with. With that huge role, she
was off book for every scene before we started work, and I had
tremendous fun on stage with her. Her grace, humor and zip
created a heart for the play.
Thank you for recognizing her stellar turn.
|To whom it may concern
|What a great web site!!
It is terrific that there is one place to check on all the
theatre activity and get the opinions on what is going on.
Thank you and keep it going.
|I would like to say too,
thank you to whom ever wrote the review of "Busted
Jesus Comix" at the Moving Arts Theatre. I'm
the crazy Psychiatrist played by Frank Timothy Elliott.
|I would like to suggest, if
I may, that in the future you take the spelling of the names
that appear in your review from the spelling in the program
and trust that the producers got it right or as least leave
the responsibility up to them. With names it's so easy
to get it wrong because there is always more than one way to
spell a name, like Eliot, or Elliot or Eliott or Elliott.
It seems silly but names are so personal that it's a
touchy situation sometimes.
|I think your review was
terrific and again I say thank you.
|Frank Timothy Elliott
I've seen the show (one
Night Only) more than once. Each time was better than the one
before. The music was fantastic. It was the 1960's again.
I loved it.
I want to see more.
T ROSS (10/9/02)
Thank you so much for your heartfelt review of my
That my show meant something to you comes through loud
and clear. The response I've gotten from people who've had a very
powerful experience has been overwhelming to me. As mentioned in
my notes in the program, my intention with this show was not necessarily
to dazzle or entertain but to construct a bridge between myself and the
audience. To make a profound connection with another human being.
In the case of your reviewer (Nalea J. Ko), I seem to have
succeeded. For that I am humbly grateful.
Thank you for sharing this experience with me.
David Rutter - 5/23/02
- Wondering who wrote the
review? Don't see a name anywhere. (ElectroPuss)
Note that the show was not billed as a "comedy" but rather
a "comedy/nightmare," and in that spirit I am quite
relieved that you did not find the main character getting
smacked across the face funny.
- And I am even more relieved
that you did not find the scene of Carol upside down in her
- (directors choice, not the
playwright) funny. These scenes were intended to be dark,
disturbing, brutal and sad.
- The play mixes genres and
moods; it play was never intended as any kind of light comedy, and I
- pleased to hear that you
did not find it so, but disappointed to see that you did not
investigate past the word "comedy" in the poster/program
description & that you let that one word guide your reactions to
the play so much.
Trista Baldwin (4/10/02)
We saw The Masterpiece at Zombie Joe's Underground this weekend
and thought that it was very disturbing. The players were very
talented. We left the theatre not knowing what to think. Once we
arrived home we talked about it all night long. The visions created
left an unforgettable image pressed in our minds. (I haven't decided
if that's good or bad yet)
We thought that the actors were so
believable in such an unbelievable little show. Josh T. Ryan as the
main character was so intense that it was borderline frightening and
there were surprises around every corner. Thank you for the tip on an
West Hollywood (3/25/02)
I had the good fortune to view the
X 2) at Theatre West on their opening weekend and was impressed with
the entire presentation. The Acting, directing, Set, costume and
lighting design, all were truly impressive. I was therefore surprised
when I read your review and the actors were (in the 2nd play) were not
given proper recognition. The actor who played the barber you didn't
even mention his name in the "others in the cast" list. Each
one of those performers were wonderful with excellent renderings of
their roles and just to listed as part of the company seemed a bit
unfair. Especially the role of the rooming house matron, Seemah Wilder.
She was so real!!! and tho you did mention David Brandt in the first
Bradbury play (rightly so) but he was so special as the barber, his
performance should have been NOTICED!!
Thanks for reading. and thanks for
giving this Theatre and Mr. Bradbury the attention they so richly
Sincerely - Lee Meriwether
An engaging, first rate play, (it's
Just Sex) complimented by a first rate performances from the cast.
Hard to believe the show isn't running in a larger theater. It was
a sell out the night I saw the play. Well worth the parking fine I
paid to see the show.
Keith Howard. (3/08/02)
My girlfriend and I went to see this
show opening night, after we saw it on this site.
- We thought it was pure genius.
from the Underground)
Sherry Stern (09/10/01)
I have a question for you. (about
If you didn't get a piece of theatre
and it didn't speak to you, why not say that? Why call it
"art" and elevate it above you and your understanding if
you, the audience member, didn't get anything from it?
I have been guilty of both
"emperor" approaches depending on my expectations going in
and my knowledge of the artists and the playwright. If I know a lot
about the playwright or what the director was trying to do, then I
find myself to be more forgiving to work that is imperfect and
sometimes wouldn't have done anything for me if I was "Joe
Blow" walking in off the street. And yes, not everyone is going
to like a play, it wouldn't be exciting if it was safe, but if you
didn't get it, I would assume to say so!
If you were ignorant of Foreman's
work, learn something about him , or have the courage to say that
you have never seen it before and review the play as Joe Blow.
Other reviews I have read speak
highly and at length about Foreman. It tells me that they went to
the play expecting to see something specific and therefore that
review speaks to those people who like absurdist theatre or maybe
were afraid of seeing Lava for fear of "bad Foreman." I
don't like to see bad Moliere.
I thought this review should have
been for those that have not seen Foreman's work in the past and
perhaps you could have been more straightforward in saying, "I
didn't really get it. I did nothing for me." Taking the
"Well, the play could be taken this way or that." was a
weak way of saying I didn't get it and doesn't make me want to see
it. I know that no one likes to get a bad review and a reviewer
doesn't like to have it said that he or she just doesn't understand,
but I feel that there is a responsibility to the "Joe
Blows" in the world to tell them how they would see the play
without prior schooling.
I do not work with Sons of Semele,
nor have I seen Lava/Breath or any other of their plays. I went to
school with a few company members years ago. I also do not want this
email to be taken in a bad light, as an insult, or as any kind of
slander. I just thought that I might say something for theatre that
is evocative but not exclusive to all people.
Rene Gallo (9/10/01)
What a wonderfully insightful review of LAVA and BREATH! Again,
thanks for attending the performance. We'll keep you informed on future
Matthew McCray (publicist) 8/26/01
- We would like to offer our praise to this site.
Awhile back we discovered that you had found Zombie Joe's
Underground. Ever since we have been keeping a close eye on your
reviews and feel that you have
- caught the fever that we have had for years.
- Talk about the best kept secret in town. These
guys are it!
- So, as we were combing the site this morning for
fun, we saw that the infamous Sketches from the underground is
BACK! ZJU must be slow on the mailers, for we haven't received our
flyer as of yet.
- But we are so excited that this show has come
back. It is intense and so absurd, and probablly the most
memorable and entertaining show this group does.
- To see the infamous Josh T. Ryan and Zombie Joe
together again on stage is a treat you don't want to miss. These
guys are merciless, fearless, and relentless. They are insanely
good! Ryan used to bash T.V's years ago, and they were on! We
first saw them in 93 I think it was, in a warehouse off Parthenia.
It was the scariest theatre exprience we ever had, and the play
hadn't even started yet. But a sheer delight. Thank you for giving
them the type of press they need. My wife and I only wish, others
would jump on the band wagon! Maybe with their trade mark show you
will see what I am attempting to articulate. Usually when they do
this show, its impossible to find a seat.
- We wish you and ZJU the best of luck. We can't
wait to see these guys in action in their true form.
Terry & Melissa Jackson 08/22/01
NO WAY!!! This site is too cool. I
was just messing around here at work an wa-la, I found you guys. So I
start clicking around for the hell of it, and I can't believe my eyes.
HOLLY SH**, Let me explain, In 1997 I saw a show that totally blew my
mind. It was such a trip. These two guys were really out there. So I
stayed after to just get their story, and they were just simply wierd.
So I started checking them out when I could with my friends. We would
go check out their shows and stuff. And the little guy we would look
for his name in other shows around town and go check him out as well.
Well, the show was SKETCHES FROM THE UNDERGROUND: . It was these three
guys doin all this crazy stuff, and the one guy was shaving the other
guy's head while he was doing a chekov monologue. I didn't even know
who Chekov was till then. LOL. Needless to say, I went back a few
times that year to check out some other shows. I saw this one called,
Blood of Macbeth, directed by Josh T. Ryan and Zombie Joe, and let me
tell you man, if was frickin wierd. After talking with other audience
memebers at this wierd after party, supposedly they had mixed all
these styles together. All I know is that it was really cool, the had
8mm film going and alot of violence and things that made us laugh.
Then we caught this one called 818, which was my favorite. It had all
this hip hop music and video, and that smaller guy, Josh, played a
wannabe black guy, spitting image of about everyone I know in the
valley. Very cool and full on hilarious. I just had to write your site
when I saw there was a space to do it. You gotta see these guys. Josh
T. Ryan is vicious. I have seen him around doing shakespeare at other
spots, talk about a stage presence. That cat is crazy. Definately best
to catch him at Zombie's where he is unleashed. And the way him and
that Zombie Joe guy act together is so funny, even though I don't get
have of the stuff they do. I was reading that Zombie doesn't act much
anymore, you got to see him with the Josh guy, funny stuff. I heard
they have been acting together since high school. Man I didn't know
they were still alive, I thought for sure they would be dead by now.
When I saw them the first time that guy Josh pulled a gun on me in the
show, told me to give him my wallet, I nearly pissed my pants!! The
gun was REAL! So I did! It was THE BEST TIME I HAVE EVER HAD at
something like that, and it really opened my friends and I up to
something like going to plays! Well, hey I am not really into theatre,
but I gotta tell you, and I am sure you people at this site already
know if you have seen these two in action, its such a blast, these
guys are really different and just cool. I am glad to see they are
still doing stuff for the people who aren't really into plays, like me
and my friends. We will definately try to take a group to see it. Now
that we know they are back around. I am surprised. Now that I know
they are alive I wonder why that guy Josh or Zombie aren't in f *****
the movies and s***. KEEP up the good work...cool site... later
Mike Northridge, CA
- Thank you for the favorable review
Dead Boy. We all worked very hard to make this play work. Thank
you for supporting the theatre in LA. I only wish there were more
people like you. I've attached a head shot and not-so-serious Bio
for consideration for your website. Thank so much.
Derek Sitter (8/14/01)
- Dear Reviewplays.com:
- Just wanted to say "thanks!" for the
terrific notice I received in your recent review of "These
Days" at the Next Stage. I know I speak for the entire cast
and production staff when I say we appreciated your taking the time
to seek us out and post an intelligent, thoughtful review of the
show. Secondly, I wanted to invite you to a new show in which I'm
involved at Company of Angels in Silverlake. It's called "Table
Dance," and it's an evening of five one-acts. We opened on
June 29th and run through August 18th, with performances on Fridays
& Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. The production features: *
"Trampy, Tattooed Waitresses" by Dean Farell Bruggeman
Directed by Erik Hanchey Featuring Tim Kitchens, Nicole Krauter
& Bonnie Leigh * "A Decent Proposal" by John Dubiel
Directed by Belle Bridges Featuring Lisa Balaban & Pete Punito *
"Surprise" by Mark Harvey Levine Directed by Adrian A.
Cruz Featuring Becky Meister, Virginia Schneider & Russell Towne
* "Prior Self" by Leigh Fortson Directed by Sheila Sawney
Featuring Erik Hanchey & Joyce Matlock * "Heart on a
Sleeve" by John Dubiel Directed by John Dubiel Featuring
Jennifer Haft & Jon Malmed Company of Angels is located at 2106
Hyperion Avenue in Silverlake; the cross street is Lyric. Gated
parking is available.
- Hope you can make it! And thanks again for
supporting L.A. theatre by maintaining such a terrific website!
- Dean Farell (7/17/01)
I'm the director of ALFRED
STIEGLITZ LOVES O'KEEFFE and just wanted to say thank you for
such a well-written and intelligent review. How did you know about
the play? We hope to move it into L.A. proper soon and would
love for you to come back when that happens. We would have extended
at the Fremont but it wasn't possible with their current schedule.
We loved playing there. Now that I know about
website I plan on visiting it often to see what's happening in L.A.
Mary-Pat Green (6/26/01)
- This play (Don
Mendo's Revenge) was terrific! I especially liked
Ernesto Miyares, he is a great actor. Thanks for such a
- Susan Artigas
- from Miami
- Thanks so much for the GREAT review
With Attitude." It's rare and wonderful when a
critic really gets the kind of darkly funny and disturbing stuff
we do at Moving Arts.
Thanks again! - Julie Briggs,
Moving Arts (5/08/01)
- To Whom It May Concern --
- Thanks so much for the thoughtful review of
With Attitude." It's apparent your writer watched
and analyzed the show very carefully, regardless of any criticism,
positive or otherwise.
Director, Moving Arts
- I saw this production (Don
Mendo's Revenge) on opening night of the English at the Los
Angeles Theater Center. I think the show is very good and well put
together. The director did a very nice job with the actors
movements and dance sequences.
The whole picture is very entertaining, funny and fun. The director,
Agustin Coppola seems to have a very good grasp of the classic
Spanish 15th and 16th century theater. The audience all enjoyed the
show very much as they all laughed hysterically. At the end of the
show everyone stood up to clap for the fine performances. A few of
my favorite performances were from (Mendo) played by Ernesto Miyares.
He did a fabulous job. (Ali) played by Kiko Mahetcha. His
interpretation of a 15th century gypsy took you back in time to that
period and it was a very strong performance. ( Magdalena) played by
Paola Botempi was a regular 16th century spoiled girl, played very
well by this actress. (Bentoldino) the town squire who sings at the
beginning of the show did a beautiful job setting the pace. (Pero)
played by Ray Michaels Quiroga gave a strong, captivating and
(Moncada)played by Ray Lopez was very funny and enjoyable. (Nunio)
played by Antonio Nesme was very credible and very entertaining. The
show is a must see for everyone. I will personally invite all my
friends to come see this and have as good a time as I did. My
congratulations to this cast and this director for their fine work.
Oh, I understand this was the first time this play was written in
English and translated by Margarita Lamas who also played the role
of (Ramirez). The translation was very well done and easily
Sunshine Independent Films
- The play I saw of Don
Mendo's Revenge in Los Angeles was very entertaining.
The over all show was very funny and well put together. I saw this
production in Spain several times and this one in Los Angeles was
in every way just as good or even better. Now specifically on
characters, Don Meno, Pero,
Ali, Moncada and Nunio gave superb! performances. Don Nunio and
Don Pero did a very nice job changing their character moods and
colors from serious anger and pain to funny comedy moods. Ali made
a great gypsy. Moncada did a nice job with this role and Mendo was
very entertaining. The guards need to learn how to keep up with
the rest of the cast. The king, Queen tried, but didn't quite make
it to the level of the first five I mentioned. The lady who
played Magdalena's guardian was not quite ready to go on stage for
She stumbled a few times on her lines and character. Magdalena
was ok, but needs to also come up to the level of the stronger
actors. Azofaifa and the dance maidens were very funny and did a
very good job. The direction of
the play was very well put together, but I think the director
could have brought the weaker actors to the level of the
stronger ones with a bit more work and tune fining. Over all the
performance was very enjoyable and I recommend it to everyone.
Brad Glaser -
- Jose: Thank you for your kind review of our production, LOVES
& LOSSES. We really appreciate it. Thanks for starting
your website, too! It's great to have a site devoted to live
theater in Los Angeles. Best regards, Mark (Levine) (5/03/01)
I also saw this show (Don
Mendo's Revenge) on opening night Spanish. I too thought the show
was excellent. The sets, the lights and the costumes were fabulous. In
the acting side I thought Paola and Ernesto were very good, but so was
the rest of the cast. I think the guy who played Don Pero, Ray
Michales Quiroga was extremely funny and did and brilliant acting job.
The fights and deaths were also very good and Ray Micheals Quiroga
directed those. Kiko who played the gypsy was very good and also
funny. I think this play was up there in the high quality of shows
being performed at the moment and they should all be recognized for
Alicia Glaser - Actress / Director (4/30/01)
- We saw the play (The
Box) and loved its originality.
Elaine Cole (4/27/01)
It was great to see your site review the infamous
and wonderful ZOMBIE
JOE'S UNDERGROUND THEATRE GROUP. My husband and I have been
following this theatre group for the past decade and love to see
that the papers and reviewers have finally recognized this gem of a
place. Founder Zombie Joe and partner
Josh T. Ryan are literally the most creative people we have ever
watched. We have seen them act and direct and are always quite pleased
with the shows they put on. To watch these two men in particular has
been quite amazing.
Their show Sketches that they have performed 7
different times throughout the last ten years is out of this world. A
rare treat to see the two on stage together. Zombie Joe's last
direction of Notes From the Underground was intense and electrifying
and Josh T. Ryan's direction of OTHELLO was a roller coaster ride of
fun. But they are both even more fascinating on the stage. We stumbled
on the group back in 92' in a little warehouse in a bad neighbor hood
and have been on their mailing list ever since. We go see a lot of
shows at the Cornet and the Mark Taper, and I have to say for such a
small "underground" type of experience these guys have
"it" and grow with every show. Why they aren't completely
famous by now, we'll never know, but are glad that they are our little
artsy find. We hope more people will discover these true talents. They
do have a wonderful little fan base but deserve the attention they
have been receiving as of late due to their new No Ho Arts District
Location on Lankershim. We saw Deathwatch opening night and were very
surprised. The actors were very professional and moving.
Lenny Sans was great, David Blanchard was more than
deserving of his wonderful review in Backstage West, and Josh T. Ryan
as usual is always amazing (someone needs to put that guy on the
screen- he has the next big thing for over ten years). It was also a
whole new experience at the underground for US. They are always
changing styles and for my husband and I, who both are college grads,
it is always a pleasure to catch a glimpse of theatre history
and theatre theory jam packed into an hour of raw entertainment. It
was a mind blowing night of theatre as usual at ZJU. Giving us an
affordable night out that is always well worth the low ticket price,
unlike the previous venues mentioned where it is always a hit or miss
and a dent in our budget.
Please keep up your fantastic support of this great
venue and much luck to your fabulous site. To all those who have not
experienced a ZJU production, we highly recommend you treat yourself.
A Happy Artsy Couple in the No Ho Arts District
Melissa & Terry Jackson
Thank you, kind sir, for your
wonderful and precise words for our DEATHWATCH.
This is an excellent theatrical site, and you are always
welcome to join us as our guest...VOICES, a highly original and
ambitious progressive movement/viewpoints and vocal experiment
in our space, opens March 16.
Your humble servant-
Zombie Joe, proprietor. (ZJU Underground Theatre)
Thank you for the nice
review (of Margarita on the Rocks) and you will be in our regular
press releases just electronically - how pleasant.
Creative Center (02/19/01)
- Dear All,
Someone just turned me on to your website today because you
reviewed a sketch comedy show (Why
Are You Crying?) I directed last fall for the Search Party at
the Sidewalk Studio. I am now appearing as an actor in the drama
Deathwatch, at Zombie Joe's Underground (the ZJU Theatre Group) in
N. Hollywood, which I noticed was listed in your "Coming
Soon" section. Hope one of you can make it out to the show.
BTW, I don't know who reviewed the sketch show, but thanks for the
great review. I'm telling my friends about reviewplays.com.
Thank you so much for your kind
words - not only in this email, but in the fantastic review. You'll be
shocked to find that the other two reviewers were in the audience the
same night you attended!
Can you believe that? Based on
subsequent reviews, and the things the audiences are saying, I know
that this is an excellent show, one we'll try to mount again in
another space in the future.
Despite the fact that the other
reviewers didn't really "get it", I was pleased to know that
YOU did (you and another hundred or so people, over the course of the
weekend). I will keep you posted on my various theatrical adventures -
and wish you continued success with your great website!
- Bonnie Gillespie
- Dear no name reviewers,
Please credit yourselves in your reviews, so that I can lavish you
personally with gratitude, with praise to the work you are doing,
I thought your review (of the Wismann
Sisters) was very astute. You were genuine and not overly kind,
but I felt a sincerity, from you, about the girls talent, ability and
the overall performance. Of course I thought the girls were amazing,
and that they were gorgeous. The sultry voice of Rebecca's (as you put
it), was a great description of how she worked the cabaret lounge (in
her slow ballads). The fact that you said Christin's rendition of
"Peel Me A Grape" was excellent, even though it was
difficult for you to compare it to a sexy mature woman's delivery
(Diana Krall's I believe you noted). I thought it incredible that she
is only sixteen and was still able to pull it off.
Your perception to their individuality, versatility,
and yet their close harmonies, voice blend, and inventive arrangement
shows that you are a very quick study. Your overall review was
accurate, without pulling any punches. I must warn the public,
"Do not ask for a review from Reviewplays.com, unless you can
handle the truth.
Thank you for your candor.
(unsigned - October 10, 2000)
- Just read the review.
You're very generous and I love what you wrote. THANK YOU!!!! My
girlfriend, Susanne Stoeckeler, who is an editor by trade and one
of the performers (the one from the Catskills), said some very
complimentary things about your writing. I personally liked the
humor you injected into your review.
- Our next show will be in October.
The Center has two more weekends of their play. I will email the
dates early this week. Glad you and your friend enjoyed the
show. And, thanks for putting up the photos and the review so
quickly. Have a great week and I'll be in touch.
- Tim Simek ;-)
- (Director - Founder - Slow. .
.Children at Play)
I/we absolutely love your web site. We enjoy plays,
especially musicals. Maybe you could find out if a play we saw some
years ago will be coming to town. Or as a possible revival. The play
is called, "Marching Falsettos". We saw this play its last
closing night. And we were so sorry we didn't see it a little sooner.
I also enjoy reading interviews with the actors in any given play.
Would it be possible for you to include interviews? John Raitt is
still alive and well and it would be wonderful to find out the inner
workings of Pajama Game, the play, and his motivations of the
Once again, we thank you for this web site. In spite of what is said
about Los Angeles not being a "PLAY" kinda town, we do enjoy
"First, thank you to the
critic who took time out of their evening to attend "Cockroach
Nation." It is often so hard to get reviewers from most
publications or services to see the theatrical works presented in
L.A., especially opening weekend.
- Second, thank you to the critic
for the wonderful featured review. The cast, crew and production
team put an immense amount of hours to present the show that was
witnessed. As far as I'm concerned, this reviewer got exactly what
I was after, along with the playwright.
- Thank you for making our
- Mark Kinsey Stephenson (Director
- Dear Jose,
I just checked out the site, and of course, my
review. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Netiquette says you
should never do all caps because it makes the recipient think
you're yelling. Well, I am yelling:)
I really appreciate that you took the time to attend; that you are
including the review is fantastic; and, that it is so positive, is
a dream come true for me and I'm sure will really help me with
audience-building, my career, and, well, to be honest, my sense of
self as a performer. It takes a lot of sweat, tears and $ to mount
that show. Your review was a tremendous validation. Thank you also
for saying such nice things about the CD.
Aren't my players great!? They are such pros. I will share the
good words with them. Thank you for that too.
Thanks again and again, Jose,