Diggingupdad 012510

Digging Up Dad

Ruskin Group Theatre (Santa Monica, CA)

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102 reviews
175 stars
attended Feb 13 2010

The Ruskin is one of the most reliable theaters in LA. The premier of Dad confirmed that opinion once more. A confident autobiography well written and acted, it stays compelling throughout. One feels the oppressiveness of a wrong upbringing and...continued

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94 reviews
42 stars
attended Feb 12 2010

I haven't missed a show at the Ruskin for several years now, and have only the best things to say about what I've seen, but this show was not up to the normal standards. The acting was good, but the story, although real, did not really hold my...continued

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1 review
2 stars
attended Feb 13 2010

I was moved by Chris' very revealing, emotional work. It takes courage to share one's life as he did especially the fact that he did not seem to be pulling any punches. Being Italian- American, myself, from a working-class family, I could relate...continued

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1 review
0 stars
attended Feb 13 2010

What a great show! I highly recommend Cris D' Annunzio's courageous, funny, and at times, heartbreaking autobiographical tale of growing up as an Italian American and coming to terms with his father's past.

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72 reviews
131 stars
attended Mar 12 2010

I really did not like this one man show. I didn't mind the language, which would have been appropriate if not so self consciously presented. The problem was that the work needs more editing. The performer needed more directing to get his pauses...continued

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187 reviews
8 stars
attended Feb 13 2010

If you like one person productions you might like this one. A lot is packed into one hour. Chaz Palmeiri has done almost the samething, but much better.

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19 reviews
26 stars
attended Mar 05 2010

My husband was so glad to have had the chance to see the play. Excellent and kept you interested throughout the whole one man act.

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Goldstar Member Red Velvet
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5 reviews
12 stars
attended Mar 06 2010

pretty good.. one man play recalling his childhood and memories of father..pretty short... just over an hr long

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193 reviews
15 stars
attended Feb 26 2010

An interesting and enjoyable evening; well scripted and acted and, unlike too many shows, not overly and unnecessarily long.

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115 reviews
19 stars
attended Feb 14 2010

One man show....was very interesting and well done...acting was superb.

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86 reviews
31 stars
attended Mar 05 2010

This was a hard one for me. I love the little theatre and always enjoy the shows. In this case, I thought the acting was very believable (somewhat painfully so as I sometimes had to look at the floor instead of the actor's stessed expressions),...continued

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70 reviews
5 stars
attended Feb 14 2010

Do agree that the acting was excellent. Did have a problem with the level of the music, especially at the beginning; was forced to plug my ears. However, that was a minor discomfort which was overidden by the story and acting. Could have done...continued

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48 reviews
13 stars
attended Mar 14 2010

Gr8 little theatre, easy to find, lots of free parking and Digging up Dad was very well performed.

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44 reviews
11 stars
attended Mar 06 2010

Very nice little theater. Very well written & excellent acting.
I very much enjoyed the evening & performance.

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41 reviews
15 stars
attended Mar 19 2010

The pacing was off, and the actor's emotions didn't always ring true. I felt that he was acting how an emotion should present itself, rather than actually feeling it. Would not recommend this show.

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37 reviews
12 stars
attended Feb 12 2010

Good one man show. The end threatens to be larger than it actually is, it fizzled just a bit but if it's an autobiography then there's not much one can do (otherwise it wouldn't be true!). The venue that night was tough, a lot of airplane and...continued

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37 reviews
40 stars
attended Feb 19 2010

Great acting, great story, love the theatre. Would recommend

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Niomi
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33 reviews
22 stars
attended Mar 21 2010

Captivating and poignant show. Well worth seeing.

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30 reviews
56 stars
attended Feb 14 2010

Very rich story-telling. The Ruskin Group Theatre is becoming one of my favorites. It's location is very cool. The intimate space was a great venue for the very personal, one man show about a Man coming to terms with his family demons. Well acted,...continued

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19 reviews
41 stars
attended Feb 12 2010

Not bad - nice small venue. Wine and treats available for purchase. The actor was pretty good.
The material was a bit uneven.

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