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Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Rd. Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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4.1 / 5 Rated by 23 members
Review from Susan Catlin
27 events 11 reviews

Well performed show

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Review from Rita
5 events 3 reviews

The play was good and the seats were excellent.

reviewed Apr 10 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member
7 events 1 review

This a great dramatic comedy that is worth the night out at the theater.

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“A satisfying theatrical experience…what brings the play fully to life is the carefully crafted acting of each character working with lines humorous and bittersweet.” —Backstage
“You have to admire the ingenious ways in which the playwright connects her stories and her quick-sketch talents for character creation.” —Orange County Register
“Catherine Butterfield pulls off the formidable challenge of writing and directing three engrossing plays in one… Laguna Playhouse deserves credit for commissioning this one.” —LA City Beat


The Laguna Playhouse is proud to present the World Premiere of Brownstone, a dramatic comedy by award-winning playwright Catherine Butterfield at Laguna Playhouse’s Moulton Theater. The production was commissioned by The Laguna Playhouse and is directed by Butterfield.

As the saying goes, “if only these walls could talk,” and in Catherine Butterfield’s imaginative new play they do! Set in a Manhattan brownstone, this play spans three contrasting eras and plays host to three very different sets of occupants. There’s the pampered rich young couple of the 1930s, eager for adventure in Paris. There are the starry-eyed aspiring actresses of the 1970s and the chillingly self-absorbed “power couple” of the new millennium. They all have dreams, but as events unfold they must learn to ride the shifting waves of fortune. These walls have stories – funny, tragic and mysteriously linked. _Brownstone _is by the author of The Playhouse’s hit comedy, The Sleeper.

“This nice thing about directing your own play is that you have a good idea of what you want to see on stage,” says Butterfield. “I used to write plays I could play a role in, but this is the first play I have written that I could not play any role. I remember I had a discussion with a theater professor, and he said why you don’t write something for a younger person, so I thought I’d try it. The play has themes of lost illusions and the disappointments of age. It’s kind of a memory piece in a way, a bittersweet dramatic comedy.”

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