Diggingupdad 012510
4.0 / 5 Rated by 35 members
Review from the reflective viewer

The Ruskin is one of the most reliable theaters in LA. The premier of Dad confirmed that opinion once more. A confident autobiography well written and acted, it stays compelling throughout. One feels the oppressiveness of a wrong upbringing and...continued

reviewed Feb 13 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Wendy Bass Scharf

I haven't missed a show at the Ruskin for several years now, and have only the best things to say about what I've seen, but this show was not up to the normal standards. The acting was good, but the story, although real, did not really hold my...continued

reviewed Feb 12 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Sal Viscuso

I was moved by Chris' very revealing, emotional work. It takes courage to share one's life as he did especially the fact that he did not seem to be pulling any punches. Being Italian- American, myself, from a working-class family, I could relate...continued

reviewed Feb 13 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Melinda Gordon Blum

What a great show! I highly recommend Cris D' Annunzio's courageous, funny, and at times, heartbreaking autobiographical tale of growing up as an Italian American and coming to terms with his father's past.

reviewed Feb 13 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from W. N. I.

I really did not like this one man show. I didn't mind the language, which would have been appropriate if not so self consciously presented. The problem was that the work needs more editing. The performer needed more directing to get his pauses...continued

reviewed Mar 12 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Victor B.

If you like one person productions you might like this one. A lot is packed into one hour. Chaz Palmeiri has done almost the samething, but much better.

reviewed Feb 13 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Sonya Canton

My husband was so glad to have had the chance to see the play. Excellent and kept you interested throughout the whole one man act.

reviewed Mar 05 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from diana

pretty good.. one man play recalling his childhood and memories of father..pretty short... just over an hr long

reviewed Mar 06 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from gotoshow

An interesting and enjoyable evening; well scripted and acted and, unlike too many shows, not overly and unnecessarily long.

reviewed Feb 26 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Geralyn M.

One man show....was very interesting and well done...acting was superb.

reviewed Feb 14 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Judith D.

Do agree that the acting was excellent. Did have a problem with the level of the music, especially at the beginning; was forced to plug my ears. However, that was a minor discomfort which was overidden by the story and acting. Could have done...continued

reviewed Feb 14 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from George C.

This was a hard one for me. I love the little theatre and always enjoy the shows. In this case, I thought the acting was very believable (somewhat painfully so as I sometimes had to look at the floor instead of the actor's stessed expressions),...continued

reviewed Mar 05 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from oldblue71

Very nice little theater. Very well written & excellent acting.
I very much enjoyed the evening & performance.

reviewed Mar 06 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Richard Theirrien

Gr8 little theatre, easy to find, lots of free parking and Digging up Dad was very well performed.

reviewed Mar 14 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Corrina L.

The pacing was off, and the actor's emotions didn't always ring true. I felt that he was acting how an emotion should present itself, rather than actually feeling it. Would not recommend this show.

reviewed Mar 19 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Andrew

Good one man show. The end threatens to be larger than it actually is, it fizzled just a bit but if it's an autobiography then there's not much one can do (otherwise it wouldn't be true!). The venue that night was tough, a lot of airplane and...continued

reviewed Feb 12 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from jane august

Great acting, great story, love the theatre. Would recommend

reviewed Feb 19 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Niomi

Captivating and poignant show. Well worth seeing.

reviewed Mar 21 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Tim

Very rich story-telling. The Ruskin Group Theatre is becoming one of my favorites. It's location is very cool. The intimate space was a great venue for the very personal, one man show about a Man coming to terms with his family demons. Well acted,...continued

reviewed Feb 14 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Charity Tryst

Not bad - nice small venue. Wine and treats available for purchase. The actor was pretty good.
The material was a bit uneven.

reviewed Feb 12 2010 report as inappropriate
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