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114 Star Starred
Crown City Theatre
11031 Camarillo Street North Hollywood, CA 91602
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4.4 / 5 Rated by 17 members
Review from Wendy Bass Scharf

Wow! This show made me feel like I was part of the family, and several of the characters were just like my own relatives. The situations encountered by each of them was something I have experienced myself, and could relate to all the emotions and...continued

reviewed Mar 21 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Aviva

This was possibly the best play I've seen in the past few years! It made me laugh and cry; just like life, it was real. It was a psych lesson of family roles, growing up with and keeping one's personal baggage. Everyone had likable and...continued

reviewed Apr 17 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Jill

I love this play! The acting was amazing! Everything about this show is top-notch. This show makes you laugh and cry and want to hug your whole family. I went right home and called my mother. What a great show! Better then shows I've seen at...continued

reviewed Mar 22 2009 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

“Solid production…A moving evocation of familial ties…Expert staging”  — Don Shirley, LA CityBeat
“The talent of this ensemble makes you feel like you’re watching an all-star Broadway production…brilliant performances…Barker’s script fills the room with tears and laughter, reminding us of our own families’ love/hate relationships.” —


By Bill Barker

Directed by Hollace Starr

Bill Barker’s heartfelt, comedic and personal play about a large family get-together in the rural town of Liberal, Kansas touches every audience member in a different way. There are so many strong characters that remind us of ourselves (or our siblings) that one can’t help, but laugh along or get involved in their lives.

This is the story of one of the largest families in Kansas coming together to pay their last respects to their mother. They are also paying their respects to the house they all grew up in and for some of them the small town that they know they will never visit again.

The story focuses on the relationships between four of the sisters who are staying at the family home. The second to the youngest, Elda, has gone off to California and has returned with a bit of chip on her shoulder. Dorie, the youngest has always been obnoxious and petty and her need to tell everyone just how much “momma” loved them wears on everyone’s nerves. The rest of the family tries to keep the two of them from killing each other while trying to keep their own sanity in tact. It’s a comic drama with laughs a plenty and a few tears of love.

The play takes place in 1981, a time before the technology boom of personal computers, cell phones and iPods — a time when families had to deal with their problems face to face.

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