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The Closeness Of The Horizon

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd Los Angeles

It was the Summer of '69 and on the same day that Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon, three teenaged friends from LA's west side set-out on a six-week tour to see the USA and to find high school and college gyms where they could drum-up pick-up games of basketball. The shoes were strictly Converse or Adidas then...and the music on the VW busí AM radio was strictly Top 40. But the world would never be more open to possibilities. Except now itís the mid 90ís and the world is different. Events have transpired that have left one of the three overcome with a burning need to know why a relationship with his former best friend inexplicably disintegrated over the years. So begins a new and different sort of journey for Paul Lewin - incited by the words and music from his past - as he is forced to confront the fragile nature of friendship...and to reconcile the person he once was with the man he has now become.

Presented by CoffeeHouse Productions

Thru - Jun 24, 2012

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm



Price: $15-$40

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 310-477-2055

Running Time: 100 minutes

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  Review Round-Up

Los Angeles Times - Somewhat Recommended

"...The production, deftly directed by Darin Anthony, is certainly professional in almost every aspect, while Hirsch is a glib practitioner whose characters seem completely organic and of the moment. They also tend to be whiny and self-involved, intent upon aggrandizing scanty emotional travails into epic crises. Two hours in their fretful presence proves a bit of a strain."
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F. Kathleen Foley


LA Weekly - Recommended

"...Director Darin Anthonyís beautifully nuanced production of the play, which engrossingly captures the emotions underlying midlife masculinity, is full of mature humor that shifts suddenly into scathing sadness — and the performances possess a sense of powerfully truthful detail."
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Paul Birchall


EyeSpyLA - Somewhat Recommended

"...The story goes along energetically enough, but it struggles to find the sense of profundity Hirsch seems to be aiming for."
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LA Splash - Recommended

"...Well-written with sparks of intense dialogue and well-acted, Closeness is a masterful twist on the mid life crisis."
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Serita Stevens


Stage Scene LA - Recommended

"...One of our finest Los Angeles playwrights, Richard Martin Hirsch is also one of the least easily pigeonholed, as each new work reveals an unexpected something up the writerís sleeve. In The Closeness Of The Horizon, Hirsch has taken real-life events, both those shared with his fellow Boomers and those of a more personal nature, and created a work of fiction that resonates with the ring of truth."
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Steven Stanley


StageHappenings.com - Recommended

"...In his play, filled with humor as well as angst, Paul is probably Hirschís ego who finally comes to the conclusion that ahehas to realize that the three of them have drifted apart. They have lived such diverse lives, and no longer have a commonality."
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Carol Kaufman Segal


Will Call - Recommended

"...Performances are impressive."
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Ingrid Wilmot


LifeInLA - Recommended

"...For that (as well as the sarcastic humor and various expletives), I humbly recommend Hirschís play to mature audiences."
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Janice Estrada



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