FVM Global Magazine Reviews “The Vortex”

One of the Best Plays in Los Angeles
by Faith Boutin

The Malibu Playhouse’s reimagined production of Noel Coward’s 1924 play The Vortex is a smashing success, brilliantly conceived, acted, staged, and directed. It is a passionate adaptation of the then scandalous play, with the bon mots flying as fast as the facades of the characters disintegrate. The production engulfs the audience in the vortex of each character’s life, alternately lifting theatergoers to the heights of delight and dropping ...

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Malibu Times Review of “Belfry”

Belfry PP1By Hank Pollard / Special to The Malibu Times 

Irish theater arrived in Malibu last Friday evening with Billy Roche’s “Belfry,” the second offering of the Malibu Playhouse’s 2013-14 season. Even when riven by political and sectarian turmoil, Ireland has maintained a long and illustrious theater tradition.

The last two centuries have given us a multitude of noteworthy dramatists, running the eclectic gamut from Wilde ...

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Stage Scene LA Reviews “Belfry”

Belfry PP16A lonely Irish sacristan looks back on the brief shining moments in his life when he loved another man’s wife in Billy Roche’s exquisite gem of a memory play, Belfry, at last getting its West Coast Premiere at a revitalized Malibu Playhouse under the assured, nuanced direction of Veronica Brady.

“Athough she’s been gone out of here for over a year now, I swear to God her fragrance still lingers about ...

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Malibu Playhouse Presents West Coast Premiere of Belfry by Billy Roche

Malibu Playhouse Presents West Coast Premiere of Belfry by Billy Roche

The second play in MALIBU PLAYHOUSE’s 2013-2014 season will be the West Coast Premiere of Belfry by Billy Roche, opening Friday, January 31, 2014. The play will be directed by Veronica Brady and stars Michael Hyland, Rebekah Tripp and 2010 American Idol contestant Carson Higgins. Tickets are $30, and may be purchased through the box office, online at www.malibuplayhouse.org/belfry, or by calling 323-960-7711. There will be previews on January 29th and 30th for $20. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at ...

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Los Angeles Times Reviews “The Dream of the Burning Boy”

By F. Kathleen Foley

September 25, 2013, 10:47 a.m.

It has been proven time and again that the schoolroom is a ripe milieu for drama. There’s plenty of dramaturgical gold to be mined from memorable characters from the ideologically grandiose Jean Brodie in “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” to the sexually repressed Hector in “The History Boys,” to the disastrously remote Andrew Crocker-Harris in “The Browning Version,” to name just a few.

David West Read honors those predecessors in “The Dream of ...

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LA Weekly Reviews “The Dream of the Burning Boy”

It’s to scenic designer Erin Walley’s credit that she festoons the guidance counselor’s office at the high school where David West Read’s play is set with a poster that reads, “Face Your Problems, Don’t Facebook Them!!” In the wake of the sudden death of popular student Dane (Matthias Chrans), the decoration’s tone perfectly captures not only the characters’ reaction to Dane’s passing–slightly flip with an underlying sincerity–but also what each of them must ultimately do. This starts with Dane’s English ...

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Showmag.com Reviews “The Dream of the Burning Boy”

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In David West Read’s 2011 play, The Dream of the Burning Boy, coming of age in the face of love, loss, and grief offers a poignant lesson for characters and audiences of various ages and stages of development. Initially produced by the Roundabout Theatre, in New York, Burning Boy has been produced across the country. Now, in its west coast premiere, The Dream of the Burning Boy ...

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Malibu Chronicle Writes About Opening Night of “Burning Boy”

0105_esquirephotographyFriday, September 6th 2013 was an exciting night at Malibu Playhouse. It was the opening of the West Coast premiere of The Dream of the Burning Boy by David West Read, directed by Edward Edwards. It is a great honor to have a play like this in our own new theater in Malibu.

The whole event was well planned and amazing.  The audience enjoyed the red carpet affair with nibbles, wine and ...

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Santa Monica Daily Press Reviews “The Dream of the Burning Boy”

Malibu Playhouse: Worth the Trip

by Cynthia Citron

It’s a long drive up the Pacific Coast Highway to the Malibu Playhouse, but it’s worth it.

A new off-Broadway play is making its West Coast premiere there now and it’s beautifully written by David West Read, beautifully acted by an outstanding ensemble, and well directed by Edward Edwards.

The play is called The Dream of the Burning Boy -— a compelling title, but it isn’t exactly what the play is about. It’s a metaphor, from ...

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Gia on the Move Review of “The Dream of the Burning Boy”

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

BB production photo 16The Malibu Playhouse opened its 2013-2014 season with a tour de force performance of The Dream of the Burning Boy, a West Coast premiere.

A previous 2011 Off-Broadway Roundabout Theatre Underground production, nominated for a Drama League Award and an Outer Critics Circle for John Gassner Award for a New American Play, “The Dream” written by David West Read, is brilliantly directed by ...

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