Venue Details

18 Star Starred
Electric Lodge
between California Ave and Milwood Ave 1416 Electric Ave. Venice, CA 90291
310-306-1854
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"To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine"
6 ratings
4.5 average rating
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131 events
97 reviews
7 stars
attended Jun 30 2013

Actor excellent. Always admire someone who can memorize all the dialogue without faltering. Mixed feelings about some of the points actor chose to emphasize,.

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2 reviews
0 stars
attended Jun 22 2013

I went because I heard good things about this actor, and saw his other play. I also read the LA Times rave review. I knew nothing about Thomas Paine....the man who really started our revolution of independent thought and action in our USA. Intense...continued

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Barbara
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1 review
26 stars
attended Jun 23 2013

This show is an engaging way to learn more about Thomas Paine. As a 'one man show' I think he carried the portrayal and show well as the sole performer. Even tough it's done in a small theater, the intimacy of being able to really see him is...continued

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June 21 is opening night with a reception, which will include wine, cheese and dessert, at the venue following the performance.

Check out the great Goldstar member reviews of this production at another venue.

“Theatergoers are enriched by Ruskin’s reminder and portrayal of the man who put pen to paper and wrote The Age of Reason, and strove mightily to put theory into practice, across two continents.” —LA Progressive

“Ruskin’s Paine provides more than a mere history lesson; it’s a sort of performance art. Not only do we learn of a largely untold slice of the American story, we also get to see an actor in top form. So nuanced and layered is Ruskin’s performance, and so enlightening is his script, it’s as if Paine has been brought to back life just to speak to us.” — Showmag.com

“Certainly Ruskin, whose versatility, innate affability and easy delivery lands directly between middle-period Geoffrey Rush and the late Roger Livesey, conveys the truth as he sees it, …” —Los Angeles Times

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