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The Many Mistresses of Martin Luther King

Atwater Village Theatre
3269 Casitas Ave Atwater Village

The world premiere of a darkly humorous play as provocative as its title. Simon Case says things most white people won't admit to even thinking. Doesn’t he care that everyone else in his family is black?

Thru - Apr 29, 2012



Price: $15-$25

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 323-644-1929

www.ensemblestudiotheatrela.org


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  Review Round-Up

Los Angeles Times - Somewhat Recommended

"...That makes for an entertaining evening, but “Mistresses” doesn’t get close to the blistering anguish of another play about an interracial academic union, “Neighbors,” still the rawest take on the subject in the last several seasons."
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Charlotte Stoudt


LA Weekly - Not Recommended

"...Like its bloviating central character, Andrew Dolan’s new drama strives to be incisive and deep but plays out as merely shallow and smug."
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Deborah Klugman


Backstage - Recommended

"...Though the challenging script could use some smoothing out, director Rod Menzies’ consummately acted production is intelligent and provocative."
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Les Spindle


Stage and Cinema - Recommended

"...Rod Menzies’ world premiere of Andrew Dolan’s The Many Mistresses of Martin Luther King displays such discipline of command, such consistent excellence of presentation, that to miss it may be the worst mistake this year involving a trip not made to Glendale."
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Jason Rohrer


EyeSpyLA - Recommended

"...Dolan has a gift for making the language and conversation of these intellectually minded people sound absolutely authentic, and passionately alive. Allusions and contrasts are drawn between theatrical history, cultural criticism, and sociology that are as complex as they are meaningful—but most importantly, the dialogue crackles with energy and focus—in perfect harmony with Rod Menzies’ effortless, assured direction."
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Samuel Bernstein


StageHappenings.com - Recommended

"...Fortunately, too, EST/LA has enveloped the text with superlative stage values."
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Leigh Kennicott


Examiner - Recommended

"...Frankly this is sometimes a play that can be a bit difficult to follow and the path is not always crystal clear but there is not one moment that is not thoroughly entertaining and moving."
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Ron Irwin


Campus Circle - Recommended

"...Carefully collaborated elements of writing, performance and tech come together to create a show that is both intriguing and entertaining. Indicative of the collective talents of all those involved, “The Many Mistresses of Martin Luther King” is a textbook example of how a quality theater performance should be delivered."
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Patrick Meissner


Will Call - Somewhat Recommended

"...However, the playwright’s intention of, and I quote from the flyer “presenting racial issues in a bold and dangerous way”, does not quite live up to its promise."
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Ingrid Wilmot


Neon Tommy - Not Recommended

"...It holds much potential for a provocative and controversial play. Sadly, “Many Mistresses” fulfills none of it. Like its title, the play calls attention to itself with its supposedly groundbreaking approach to racial attitudes in America; beneath the surface, however, there is little depth to its content. As a far greater playwright would put it, “Many Mistresses” is “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”"
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Sara Itkis


MadTheatrics - Somewhat Recommended

"...In spite of these drawbacks, there is much to like about the production, particularly as I’ve mentioned the layered performances, the beautifully written, often funny and striking dialogue and the atmospheric and balanced direction."
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Phillip Kelly


Working Authur - Recommended

"...Nowadays, unfortunately, you often encounter dramas in the theater which are basically half-assed, re-packaged “Movies of the Week”. “The “Many Mistresses of Martin Luther King” is the polar opposite of this. This is a work of the theatre, woven with gravitas and intelligence which has found a perfect expression in the matching talents of its production. You will seldom see a more impeccable unity of material, cast and creative staff than “The Many Mistresses of Martin Luther King” offers, and it must be acknowledged as a feather in the bonnet of artistic director and producer Gates McFadden, and a great, huge, luminous feather at that."
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Ernest Kearney



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