Vivien, an L.A. Premiere About Actress Vivien Leigh
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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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I thought her portrayal of Vivien Leigh was amazing. She walked on stage and looked just like her. However, just as Ms. Leigh had an accent that made her hard to understand....this accent made it very, very hard and so too many words were lost...continued
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“It’s hard to imagine anybody inhabiting the role more convincingly than soap opera veteran Judith Chapman. Her mastery of Leigh’s mannerisms - that cat-that-got-the-cream smile, that icy stare, that lilting voice - is uncanny.” -Los Angeles Times
“Actor Judith Chapman and director Elina de Santos offer much to savor in this smart and elegant showcase … Vivien strikes a perfect balance between surveying her career and illuminating the joys and despair she experienced. This is a bravura performance, through and through.” -Back Stage (Critic’s Pick)
“It’s passionate, theatrical and thoroughly engaging as Chapman and Leigh connect on more than one plateau. She lives and breathes this role, as hers is a dexterously physical and brilliantly impassioned tour-de-force performance. Vivien is not to be missed!” —broadwayworld.com
“This is simply terrific. What an extraordinary piece of writing. Rick Foster’s range of understanding and recreating Vivien amazed and moved me with every page; all so marvelously in character.” —Tarquin Olivier, Vivien Leigh’s Stepson
Written by Rick Foster
Directed by Elina de Santos