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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Gia On The Move Reviews “Belfry”

Malibu Playhouse is currently running one of the more intriguing shows of the season with its production of Belfry, a West Coast Premiere and third installment of the Wexford Trilogy by playwright Billy Roche who is largely credited as the “godfather of the contemporary Irish play.”

Directed by Veronica Brady, Belfry first premiered in 1991 at the Bush Theatre in London and then transferred to the Abbey Theatre and the Theatre Royal. It was subsequently filmed for the BBC with ...

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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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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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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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Malibu Times Review of “The Dream of the Burning Boy”

By Hank Pollard / Special to The Malibu Times | September 13, 2013

BB production photo 4The newly renovated Malibu Playhouse opened its 2013-14 season last Friday evening to a sell-out audience with the West Coast premiere of “The Dream of the Burning Boy,” by David West Read. And while this play deals with bereavement, it is leavened with considerable dark humor.

The premise of the drama is set by the startling death ...

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