Happy Face Sad Face: A Drama in One Act, A Comedy In Another
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The last date listed for Happy Face Sad Face was Sunday February 24, 2013 / 7:00pm.
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Up-and-coming screenwriters take their trade to the stage, premiering short plays filled with intriguing characters and plot twists. They collaborate with a stellar cast and seasoned directors to see their work come to life on stage at a pace not possible in the film/TV world. The playwrights have some impressive credits, including The Office, The Disney Channel, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and The Onion News Network. Acting talent includes Neil Hopkins (who played Liam, the heroin-addicted rockstar brother of Charlie on Lost), Chris Marquette (who played Joan's love interest, Adam Rove on Joan of Arcadia), Brian Sacca (Robbie Feinberg in The Wolf of Wall Street), The Second City's Chris Witaske and more. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from jdaly72
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First act (the "sad face") was a quite good thriller with enough comedy to keep it light and a few unexpected twists. The second half (the "happy face") was unfortunately not up to the same standards.
An attempt at broad farce, it mostly fell flat. There was, in fact, more successful humor in the first half. If the playwright expanded the first half and incorporated a bit of the humor of the second half, he might really have something.
The performances were generally good except for one very shaky British accent.
Quotes & Highlights
- "The twists and turns in the story... will keep you on the edge of your seat." --<a target="_blank" href="http://losangeles.broadwayworld.com/article/Review-HAPPY-FACE-SAD-FACE-Makes-Clever-and-Thought-Provoking-Premiere-at-Elephant-Stages-Lillian-Theatre-20#">broadwayworld.com</a>
- "A cast of 7 versatile actors will definitely entertain you in this cleverly conceived production." --KPCC
- “The actors go for broke, Colleary has written some fantastic lines, and Rubin’s staging is full of fun bits.” --<a target="_blank" href="http://www.backstage.com/review/la-theater/happy-face-sad-face-elephant-lillian-theatre"><em>Backstage</em></a>
- <em>"</em>Within minutes of Rob Locke walking on stage, I was totally invested in his character and his story. He truly carried this story, in both its dramatic and comedic permutations. Add in the great supporting cast of characters, and the audience was guaranteed a great time ... you are in for a treat with <em>Happy Face Sad Face</em>. It is one of the finest pieces of theater I have ever seen in Los Angeles." --<a target="_blank" href="http://www.examiner.com/article/happy-face-sad-face-sets-a-new-standard-for-theater">examiner.com</a>