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Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Rd. Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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3.5 / 5 Rated by 12 members
Review from Robert T.
61 events 8 reviews

First act funnier than the best sets we've seen at comedy clubs. Don't go if you have breathing problems, as we spent most of the performance short of breath from laughing so hard.

reviewed Jun 05 2007 report as inappropriate
Review from Carolyn Frost
5 events 3 reviews

Fun evening - fun show - laughed throughout the show. No bad seat in the house.

reviewed Jun 12 2007 report as inappropriate
Review from Charles Martin
5 events 2 reviews

Really funny but the ending and the final plot development left a lot to be desired. I don't think the author really could make up his mind about what should have happened. Like many Irish, he has no sense of what strong women are about. as a...continued

reviewed Jun 12 2007 report as inappropriate
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The Laguna Playhouse is pleased to present the World Premiere production of The Verdi Girls, by Irish playwright Bernard Farrell. The play was commissioned through a gift to The Laguna Playhouse by Suzanne and James Mellor, and is directed by Andrew Barnicle.

In The Verdi Girls, opera aficionados from around the world reunite in Milan, Italy for their annual Verdi Weekend, marked by a command performance at La Scala Opera House, thought-provoking lectures and the highlight of the visit—the fiercely competitive Verdi Quiz. But some participants have more on their agenda as they turn the event into a comic drama rivaling those by their operatic idol. Loaded with his famous wit and vivid characters, this is Playhouse-favorite Bernard Farrell’s first play to premiere in America. 

Because most of Farrell’s plays are set in Ireland, Laguna Playhouse Executive Director Richard Stein decided to stretch Farrell’s imagination and talents by suggesting an American slant for the new work. “We put no restrictions on him, but we said if you’d like to think about using American characters or locations, it might be a fun challenge for you,” recalls Stein. “Of course, we like his work anyway, so we said just write a great play and we’ll be happy.”

Farrell’s characters in The Verdi Girls have a variety of nationalities: two are American, one is Italian, one is Canadian, two are English, and one is, of course, Irish. “It’s like the United Nations,” says Farrell, who notes that while all of his plays are comedies, some have a serious intent. “Drama is a vehicle for comedy, so when I had an opportunity to write a play about Verdi, I based it in Europe and not America or Ireland. Everyone is in unknown territory, and when you get that kind of pressure, you get comedy.”

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