Time-Skipping Religious Romp Passion Play From Tony Winner Sarah Ruhl
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Inspired by celebrated playwright Neil Simon's own life, Broadway Bound follows a pair of aspiring comedy writer brothers as their parents' marriage dissolves. Odyssey Theatre Ensemble's production is directed by Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), who created the role of "Stanley" in the original Broadway production. The final entry in Simon's beloved Eugene trilogy, after Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues, Broadway Bound won two Tony awards during its initial run and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Eugene and his older brother, Stanley, deal with the revelation of their father's infidelity by adapting their lives into thinly veiled radio skits, a move that starts them on the road to success, but contributes to the tension in their already-crumbling family. In Broadway Bound Simon captures all the laughter and heartbreak of family. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Jon Atienza
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As a play, Passion Play is both clever and playful but also scattered and sometimes indulgent, using the framing device of putting on a passion play to tackle topics of faith, behind-the-scenes theater shenanigans, homosexuality, politics and even PTSD! Having said that, the direction and ensemble performances are Outstanding. The actors are top notch and charismatic, skillfully moving us through the farce of the 1st time period to the more realistic 2nd and 3rd eras. It is a case of the director and actors making great entertainment and elevating a problematic play. My friends and I were very attentive and enjoyed the entire 3 acts (1 intermission after the first two acts) because the actors' skill levels and crisp direction were so good. It was a treat to see each actor perform 3 different roles. It's a difficult piece because it demands you go along with the fantasy sequences, multiple genres and time periods, but we felt they pulled it off wonderfully.
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It was a painful, three hours long experience. Why anybody thought that this 'play' was worth producing is a mystery. Interspersed with images of the traditional passion play we saw people of the community who enacted the play and their various...continued
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This is a fantastic production. The ensemble cast are outstanding, equally adept in the three unique acting styles the director asks of them in the three acts. The scenic design is simple, with much accomplished through effective lighting and...continued
Quotes & Highlights
“There’s much to enjoy and admire in a production that is passionately committed to one of the American theater’s most inventive dramatists, a writer who knows that all the world is a stage and loves nothing more than peering behind the curtain for an impromptu view.” -Los Angeles Times
“Bart DeLorenzo’s staging of this wonderful ensemble underscores Ruhl’s connections of Christianity’s creation myth to sibling rivalries through the ages, and to the reasons wars are fought … There, no more war, the soldier says, apprehensively. Not quite, the Idiot says. The moment is a small ruby, like so many moments marbling this entrancing production.” -LA Weekly
“This is an epic play, filled with a good deal of symbolism, poetry and humor. There are internal struggles of sexuality, identity and faith, and with a running time of nearly three hours, it never feels overwrought or excessive. Director Bart DeLorenzo pulls together three completely different styles in a beautiful way.” -LifeInLA.com
“DeLorenzo stages the kaleidoscopic goings on with his usual insightful and visually dynamic flair … ensemble work is powerful and strikingly versatile.” -Stage and Cinema
“The cast here is excellent; the play is both entertaining and possessed of an undeniable intelligence, and DeLorenzo manages to move everything along at such a clip that its three hours length revealed at the closing comes as a complete surprise.” -workingauthor.com
“_Passion Play _is an excellent and memorable production, well worth the time of any theatre lover.” -_Talkin’ Broadway _* *
“[This] long-awaited Los Angeles premiere under the steady hand of director Bart DeLorenzo offers a welcome introduction to this cauldron boiling over with intriguing ideas and sure theatrical instincts.” —Hollywood Reporter
“A wonderfully-realized and engaging production.” —BlogCritics
“Not only is the writing genius, but the acting by the entire cast is mesmerizing.” —LaLaScoop
Written by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Bart DeLorenzo
Running time is two hours and 50 minutes, with one intermission.