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Ruskin Group Theatre
3000 Airport Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90405
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4.1 / 5 Rated by 18 members
Review from Ron Di Costanzo
107 events 75 reviews

At the macro level--the pain of couples separated by war--it worked. At the micro level--details about Harris in particular even if true in a specific sense (that is, the playwright asked someone if such and such were possible) didn't fly in a...continued

reviewed Jan 18 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Kinno
54 events 43 reviews

I took my teenage son to see this on a cold, rainy night, and we both enjoyed it immensely. This very intimate setting (we were about 10 feet from the 2 actors) in a small space added to the power of the show. The acting was really superb, the...continued

reviewed Jan 04 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from James Manczarek
97 events 15 reviews

This is not a conservative v. liberal rant on the war, so don't be put off by politics. We caught the opening night performance and were truly impressed with the level of acting and the humanity of the story line. Both the actors and the story...continued

reviewed Nov 30 2007 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

“a fittingly straightforward and sincere staging—the stakes are high, and the feelings intense…seamless production elements.” -Los Angeles Times – Recommended
“the resulting mood is intimate-Myers is touching and so is McClendon as his increasingly desperate wife." —LA Weekly
“Thanks to honest portrayals, this production builds emotional intensity that leads to a satisfying conclusion.” —Backstage


On a contemporary home front in the Los Angeles area, the lives of a young family take a stunning turn when a soldier prepares for service. Discovering the courage, loyalty and love it takes to keep a family together in a post-9/11 world fails to prepare them for the challenges they face in the shadow of war. This epistolary account through heartfelt e-mails gives testimony to the passion of their relationship and the consequence of their decisions.

The creative team of @Heart includes award-winning director Paul Linke (LADCC Award, CAA award nomination for the HBO version of his play Time Flies When You’re Alive, ADA for Best Director of an original play, and multi-nominee for the Ovation Award). Paul was a co-founder of the Garden Theatre Festival and the Powerhouse Theatre in Santa Monica, where he became the original Artistic Director. Paul’s other plays include _Life After Time, _which premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse, and Father Time (directed by Charles Nelson Reilly) at Pacific Resident Theatre, where he staged the world premiere of _The 60s_ featuring Mariette Hartley. He is widely recognized for his staging of solo shows with talent such as Shelly Berman and Sammy Shore, as well as being a prized director for numerous productions at the Ruskin Group Theatre. In New York, Paul is well known for his many theatrical projects including Nobody Don’t Like Yogi, starring Ben Gazzara.

Playwright J-Powers is the celebrated author of numerous original stage adaptations for compelling contemporary events. These include The 9/11 Commission Report, The Court-Martial of William Calley, McMartin Preschool Trial, The Examination of Mrs. Anne Hutchinson at the Court at Newton, Trial of Lenny Bruce and T_he Army-McCarthy Hearings._

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