Stage Raw Reviews I Am Sophie

I am Sophie. Reviewed by Julia Stier RECOMMENDED “I like me so much better in French,” declares a wide-eyed, charismatic Sophie (Corrine Shor), her thick French accent lilting and flirtatious. Sophie, who has returned home from Paris to care for her ailing father in Minneapolis, is seeing her family for the first time since moving to France. And they’re not taking it well. Because, well, Sophie was born Kate – plain-Jane, American Read More

I AM SOPHIE by Corinne Shor Takes Audiences on a Journey of Self-Discovery and Re-Invention

Review: I AM SOPHIE by Corinne Shor Takes Audiences on a Journey of Self-Discovery and Re-Invention by Shari Barrett Aug. 21, 2018 Have you ever wondered what it might be like to re-invent yourself and completely start over as someone else? Perhaps, like me, you spent a lot of time in another country, speaking another language and watching yourself become more like the citizens who live there, totally comfortable in Read More

Abbott Skinny Reviews Baby Doll

Baby Doll @ Pacific Resident Theatre Red hot forbidden love and mind games in the delta of Venice. Baby Doll @ Pacific Resident Theater

In the first act of “Baby Doll”, we meet Archie Lee, an older hapless cotton-gin owner drilling a peephole to ogle his sleeping bride-to-be, nineteen-year-old Baby Doll. Archie obsessively fawns over an exasperated Baby Doll throughout the play waiting to consummate a deal he made with her Read More

Venice Update: Alright Then,” starring the Beans, is the Best!

Orson and Alley Mills Bean keep the audience laughing for 80 minutes in “Alright Then” By Reta Moser It was a delight! It is a must see for Venetians. I am talking about the Beans’ and their latest hit “Alright Then” at the the Pacific Resident Theatre on Venice Blvd. Show just opened. After the fast 80 minutes, I thought these two are one of the reasons I live in and love Venice. Read More

LA Times: Celebrate love. Orson Bean and Alley Mills show us how in ‘Alright Then’

By Daryl H. Miller Feb 09, 2018 | 6:00 AM Orson Bean and Alley Mills in their autobiographical show "Alright Then." (Jeff Lorch) Steering the autobiographical stage show "Alright Then" toward its wrap-up, Orson Bean reaches toward his wife, Alley Mills, and grasps her hand as he announces that what he most wants to tell the audience about is "the miracle — and I do mean miracle — of how on earth you Read More

Alright Then Review – A Charming Tale of Love Found

January 31, 2018 Elaine Mura Entertainment 0 Orson Bean and Alley Mills are poignantly engaging as lovers who beat the odds and find each other later in life. The autobiographical story covers the years before their meeting – and after – to charm the audience with their fresh and gentle view of a relationship that was meant to be. Orson Bean and Alley Mills – Photo by Jeff Lorch Directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos, Read More

BWW Review: ALRIGHT THEN Says It All About Bean & Mills

ALRIGHT THEN/by Orson Bean and Alley Mills/directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos/Pacific Resident Theatre/thru March 25, 2018 The world premiere of ALRIGHT THEN presents a sweet stroll down memory lane of married actors Orson Bean and Alley Mills. The two separate childhood stories of Bean and Mills, through their life together to the present, make up the eighty-minute one-act. Quite a lot to cover in just eighty minutes, which inexplicably include moments of Read More

Paul Myrvold’s Theatre Notes – Alright Then

“Alright Then” at Pacific Resident Theatre Orson Bean and Alley Mills in Pacific Resident Theatre’s production of Alright Then, developed by the performers and directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos, now playing through March 11. Photos by Jeff Lorch. Orson Bean’s career is extraordinary. Born in 1928 and baptized Dallas Frederick Burrows, he started performing as a child at home. After World War II, he became a magician, but soon morphed into a stand-up Read More

LA Times Review Anthony Minghella’s prescient playwriting finds life on a Venice stage “Cigarettes and Chocolate”

The self-imposed withdrawal of an enigmatic woman (Marwa Bernstein) provokes consternation from her clueless lover (Matt Letscher) in "Cigarettes and Chocolate" at Pacific Resident Theatre. (​​​​​​​Vitor Martins) Philip Brandes Although the late Anthony Minghella is remembered primarily for his film direction and screenplays (“The English Patient,” “Cold Mountain”), he also had a deep affinity with the intimate theatrical traditions of character-based drama. Pacific Resident Theatre offers a rare opportunity to appreciate Minghella’s playwriting Read More

Jewish Journal Cover Story by Rob Eshman Published Aug 15, 2017 /

Jewish Journal Cover Story by Rob Eshman Published Aug 15, 2017 / Cover Story I spent last Saturday night — the night of the neo-Nazi rally and the tragic murder — at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, watching a fine performance of Eugene Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros.” The play takes place in a French village, where the drunkard Berenger is witness to something bizarre: slowly, the townsfolk are turning into rhinos. Ionesco, whose Read More