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30 Star Starred
The Lounge Theatre 2
6201 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038
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79 events
60 reviews
4 stars
No food or drink nearby, no refreshments in theater.
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79 events
60 reviews
4 stars
Played straight through--about 90 minutes, no intermission.
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"The Unexpected Man"
24 ratings
4.3 average rating
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168 events
118 reviews
498 stars
attended Feb 19 2010

Outstanding performances by both actors, but especially the nuanced performance by the female lead. I could easily imagine this beautifully written role going to actresses the caliber of Streep, Mirren, or Close. That this actress made me think...continued

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103 reviews
181 stars
attended Feb 21 2010

Unexpectedly good.

It was just filler at a cheap price for a Sunday afternoon. Had no knowledge of play or playwright. Two people sit across from each other in a rail car for 90 minutes and talk to themselves. They have a common subject in...continued

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56 reviews
4 stars
attended Feb 20 2010

This is truly a piece that allows an actor to shine (or fail). It's a pleasure to watch a performance that contains no special effects at all - just pure acting skills. This is an adult show, but not because of language or sex. It's just that I...continued

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Quotes & Highlights

GO! “Excellent…subtle but powerful.” —_LA Weekly _
“Berns is laudable.” —_Los Angeles Times _
The Unexpected Man is a memorable train ride towards theatrical excellence.” —_LA Splash _
“Happily unexpected…An unexpected delight.” -_SOCAL _
“Bright Eyes Productions’ superb presentation of The Unexpected Man offers an acting tour de force.” —_Tolucan Times _
“Reza’s artful play may persuade you that there is nothing of greater value in all the world than a brief encounter between strangers on a train.” —The New Yorker
“This is a subtle, touching work about lonely people who allow only their imaginations to run wild.” —NY Daily News
“…an elegant, witty little play full of sad observations about life and loneliness, about the ways fantasies can shape encounters.” —NY Post


*Bright Eyes Productions


The Unexpected Man *

Written by Yasmina Reza

Translated by Christopher Hampton

Directed by David Robinson with Judy Jean Berns and Ronald Hunter