The Browning Version: Terence Rattigan's Touching Drama from Pacific Resident Theatre
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Featured review from Ron Di Costanzo
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This is another old chestnut that the PRT does so well--even if too frequently: new plays would be welcomed although I do wonder if their subscriber base prefers the old. (And even if they do, this may not be the way to increase that base. We were told pre-show that "Our Town" was playing in their adjacent theater. Speaking of chestnuts. . . .) That said, this is a fine production (for those in a hurry, it comes in at well under 90 minutes with no interval--although there are bits that could have done with shorter pauses!) and well worth seeing. While the entire cast is quite fine, I call special attention to Bruce French as the sad and failed schoolmaster (and man) Andrew Crocker-Harris.
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- Winner of 3 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards
- “<em>The Browning Version</em> is a consummately satisfying theatrical outing. But it’s also a subliminally disturbing one. Rattigan understands what audiences think they want as well as what they don’t know they want. And the secret to his success is that he provides both."<em> --<a target="_blank" href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2009/12/the-browning-version-terence-rattigan-lives-at-pacific-resident-theatre.html">Los Angeles Times</a></em>
- "Fox directs this piece with masterful subtlety and draws devastatingly convincing performances from her actors." --<a target="_blank" href="http://www.laweekly.com/2009-11-12/stage/the-browning-version-terence-rattigan-s-sensitivity/"><em>LA Weekly</em></a>
- "The actors give amazing performances, under Marilyn Fox's elegant direction." --<a target="_blank" href="http://www.backstage.com/bso/reviews-la-theatre/the-browning-version-1004033471.story"><em>Backstage</em></a>
Written by Terence Rattigan
Produced by Sara Newman-Martins
Rattigan's 1949 masterpiece brilliantly explores the complexity of the human heart. It predates Albee's Who's Afriad of Virginia Woolf in its scathing examination of a marriage. A contemporary of Noel Coward and Somerset Maugham, Rattigan's wit and depth remain timeless.
This production was listed in Charles McNulty's Top 10 Theatre Performances for 2009.
About the Ticket Supplier: Pacific Resident Theatre
Based in Venice, California, Pacific Resident Theatre is a company founded by actors and dedicated to producing the classics, rarely performed plays, and the works of new writers.
During the last 25 years, PRT has won over 200 theater awards including the prestigious Margaret Hartford Award for continuous achievement in the small theater arena.