Farm Boy: Stirring Sequel to Acclaimed Play War Horse
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Featured review from Goldstar MemberRed Velvet
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If you have seen the wonderful production of Warhorse at the Music Center you might like to find out how the story continues. In a complete contrast to the grand scale of Warhorse, this is a miniature theatre and two actors tell the story of the next generations on the same farm (in a little over an hour). G.H.
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Farm Boy is Ovation recommended.
“The main question regarding Farm Boy is whether the storytelling so sensationally realized in War Horse can be evoked without a huge cast, evening-length scope and lifelike puppets. Courtesy of director David Fofi and actors Lawrence Pressman and Simon Lees, the answer is a quietly mesmerizing yes.”—_"Los Angeles Times":http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-review-farm-boy-at-the-matrix-theatre-20120801,0,1427184.story (Critic’s Choice)
“Under the fluid direction of David Fofi,this adaptation (by Daniel Buckroyd) of Michael Morpurgo’s sequel to his children’s novel War Horse _ gracefully achieves its simple ambitions … Joel Daavid’s tender lighting design artfully guides Aaron Glazer’s handsome set through time and place. Lees and Pressman, a veteran character actor who brings a seasoned shading to the role, embody the play’s warmth without tipping too far into sentimentality"—LA Weekly (Go)
“Morpurgo’s tale is deeply infused with love and knowledge of farm life and the rural English countryside, which director David Fofi brings to the stage with eloquent simplicity.”—Backstage (Critic’s Pick)
“_This is a stellar example of fine tuned theatrical achievement in every possible aspect of live theatre. Deeply moving … and heart stoppingly presented! Mesmerizing!”—The Tolucan Timesreview/i-only-caught-one-play-on-the-weekend-although-it-was-captivating
“_The heartwarming 70-minute production, which takes place in rural England after World War I, is really great storytelling and definitely a worthwhile trip to the Matrix”—Sunshine Magazine
“The joy and respect that these two performers have for the story is so pure, and the story line is so wonderful that this rates a Must See notation from this reviewer.”—Yahoo Voices
“As Grandfather and Grandson, Pressman and Lees give astonishing and mesmerizing performances. Under the direction of David Fofi, the pair’s fine-tuned portrayals have you hanging on their every word.” —Stage and Cinema _
Learn more about the production in a behind-the-scenes look at the show from LA Stage Times, and an article on the show from examiner.com.
A powerful, compelling, moving, shocking, funny and completely unexpected play. Farm Boy, set in Devon England in the late ’70s, centers on the complex moving relationship between Grandfather (son of _War Horse _hero Albert, played by acclaimed actor Lawrence Pressman, of Doogie Howser MD fame) and newcomer Simon Lees who plays the Grandson.
With World War I more than 60 years in the past, grandson returns for the Summer to the farm as he and his grandfather together face the fate of the ever changing countryside, where Joey, the horse, once plowed the fields and now farm machinery rules the day, but not without a fight. Farm Boy is a startling, powerful and passionate all at once. With brilliant performances encompassing pain and laughter, and excitement at an unexpected competition. This play runs 75 minutes with no interval, and is superbly directed by David Fofi, ‘hailed as one of Los Angeles best directors’.