A Bad Year for Tomatoes
Theatre 40 at The Reuben Cordova Theatre
241 Moreno Drive Beverly Hills
Fed up with the pressures and demands of her acting career, the famous Myra Marlowe leases a house in the tiny Vermont hamlet of Beaver Haven, and settles down to write her autobiography. She is successful in turning aside the offers pressed on her by her long-time agent, but dealing with her nosy, omnipresent neighbors is a different matter. In an attempt to shoo them away, and gain some privacy, Myra invents a mad, homicidal sister - who is kept locked in an upstairs room, but who occasionally escapes long enough to scare off uninvited visitors. The ruse works well, at first, but complications result when the local handyman conceives an affection for "Sister Sadie' (really Myra in a fright wig) and some of the more officious ladies decide it is their Christian duty to save the poor demented Sadie's soul. In desperation, Myra announces that her imaginary sibling has suddenly gone off to Boston - which brings on the sheriff, and the suspicion of murder! What will happen to Myra now?
Thru - Jun 16, 2019
Show Type: Comedy
Box Office: 310-364-0535
A Bad Year for Tomatoes Reviews
- Highly Recommended
- Somewhat Recommended
- Not Recommended
Broadway World - Highly Recommended
"...this silly, three-door farce will keeping you laughing from start to finish as the brilliant cast of characters run every which way, think nothing of coming in if a door is unlocked, or always seem to be doing their best to create even more interesting tales to tell their neighbors over tea - or perhaps just a bit more scotch!"
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Stage Raw - Somewhat Recommended
"...Despite its improbable premise, this farce by John Patrick (Tony Award winner for The Teahouse of the August Moon) is imbued with elements of I Love Lucy and The Beverly Hillbillies and could be a rollicking ride - if the one-line zingers were delivered "trippingly on the tongue" and at a speedier, more upbeat tempo. But director Larry Eisenberg has helmed the piece with too heavy a hand, resulting in a stodgy, plodding evening that makes the play seem unnecessarily dated. One of the main problems is that Eisenberg has either led or allowed some of the actors to hammer the humor so emphatically that it falls flat."
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