Classic Musical The Fantasticks at Theatre West
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Considered by many to be the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off reveals the hilarious backstage antics and drama of a group of small-town actors attempting to perform a dreadful flop called Nothing On. This play-within-a-play is a comedic triumph of slamming doors, falling trousers and flying fish. Written by award-winning English novelist and playwright Michael Frayn (Copenhagen, Democracy), this comedy of errors remains a crowd pleaser more than 30 years after its 1982 debut. It was also turned into a film in 1992 starring Michael Caine, Carol Burnett, Christopher Reeve and John Ritter. Learn More
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Featured review from Goldstar MemberRed Velvet
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Very good - Luisa, Matt and their fathers were particularly strong. El Gallo's voice wasn't up to par, but the program indicates he's not a musical comedy actor. Lee Merriweather is still lovely, but I found the Mute's intervention somewhat annoying. As an aficionado of the original, I miss the mime, the harp and the change of the term "rape" into the more politically correct but lot less funny "abduction."
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A fan of the show, I was disappointed by this production. First of all, I felt uncomfortable because there were only 15 people in the audience (I counted). The actors gave good energy, but the singing ability was low and the direction was a little...continued
The Fantasticks is one of the American musical theatre’s most enduringly popular musicals. It ran off-Broadway for 46 straight years, 1960-2002, then re-opened in 2006 and is still running in New York today. But you don’t have to fly to New York to see it. It’s coming to Theatre West.
It begins as a tale of young true first love, as next-door-neighbors Matt and Luisa, grown up together, fall for each other. Their fathers approve, and conspire to bring them closer together. Once the young man and woman learn of their fathers’ approval, they reject their dads’ plan (as kids always do) , and set off on their separate adventures to experience the world. Removed from the comfort of home, they are individually hurt a bit by the world, as the world can inflict pain and sometimes does. After a bitter taste of disillusionment, Matt and Luisa find their way back to each other, with a wiser, more mature and deeper love for one another.
It’s a simple story, to be sure, but one that has resonated with audiences for half a century, with classic songs like “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.”
This is the new production from Chestnuts, the wing of Theatre West dedicated to revivals of great plays under Chestnuts Producing Director Charlie Mount. His previous productions for Chestnuts include _Seascape, Waiting For Lefty, Gaslight, Waiting in the Wings, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Lion in Winter, _and Requiem for a Heavyweight.
Mount directs The Fantasticks with a cast that includes Lukas Bailey, Molly Reynolds, Joey Jennings, Roger Kent Cruz, Steve Nevil, Don Moss, Yancey Dunham (except Sept. 7-9), Lee Meriwether (except Sept. 7-9), Maria Kress (on Sept 7- 9) and Charlie Mount (on Sept. 7-9).
About the Ticket Supplier: Theatre WestEstablished in 1962, Theatre West is the oldest, continually running theater company in Los Angeles. Our productions have toured both sides of the Atlantic, including the Edinburgh and Dublin Festivals, New York City, Atlanta, South Carolina, Seattle, San Francisco, and throughout California. Over the years Theatre West's plays have transferred to Broadway (Spoon River Anthology, Aesop in Central Park) and to feature films (A Bronx Tale, Faithful).
The theater is located in Hollywood near the Cahuenga Pass and is home to both professional productions for adults and, since 1984, the family themed Storybook Theatre. No seats are further than 40 feet from the stage.