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Avery Schreiber Playhouse
4934 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601
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"The Birthday Boys"
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4.5 average rating
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8 reviews
1 stars
attended Mar 25 2011

Difficult to see what was happening for the first 10 minutes unless you are sitting in the first couple of rows as actors spend most of their time on the floor. Did not really feel like the actors were acting more like reciting lines from memory....continued

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attended Mar 11 2011

Birthday Boys is amazing! I've been recommending people to see it all weekend. There isn't a moment during the play where you're not laughing or on the edge of your seat waiting to see what's next for the boys. This play is one I won't soon forget.

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Quotes & Highlights

Director Jacob Smith’s spot-on timing effectively modulates transitions from lighter discussions of women and home lives to darker topics such as war and impending doom. Fitzgerald, as the most intense and combative of the three, genuinely makes us dislike him at times; Martyka, though quiet for long spells, believably exudes shame for attempting to abandon his brothers; Crafts, as the most mature and levelheaded of the men, pleasantly subverts the stereotypical Marine. And to top it all off, there’s an unexpected twist that takes the comedy to a whole new level. —LA Weekly (GO!)

Theatre Unleashed has delivered yet another show chock full of great performances. Principals Gregory Crafts, Sean Fitzgerald and Jim Martyka sustain an impressive level of tension through the better part of the show. Director Jacob Smith skillfully modulates the piece’s tensions and eruption, the humor and the quiet reflections. Well done. —LA Splash
The Birthday Boys is a high-tension, clock-ticking-away dramatic thriller with an ending that (like it or not) you’ll never guess. – LAist.com

Description

The Birthday Boys

by Aaron Kozak

Directed by Jacob Smith

Set in 2006 Iraq, The Birthday Boys is a gritty and terrifying dark comedy that tracks three United States Marines who have been taken hostage, bound and blindfolded, as they do whatever’s necessary to keep their sanity and stay alive. The show, which earned rave reviews from critics and patrons alike, took top honors at the 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival, winning Best World Premiere, because of its clever dialogue, attention to authentic detail and the unique presentation of the three main actors spending a majority of the play bound and blindfolded.