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  American Hero at Pasadena Playhouse

American Hero

Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena

Hailed as a "brilliant comedy with cutting social satire" (Variety), Bess Wohl's super-sized dark comedy about life, liberty and the pursuit of sandwiches now comes to the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at The Pasadena Playhouse. American Hero takes place at a newly-franchised sub shop at the local mall. There, three up-and-coming "sandwich artists" -- a teenager, a single mom and a downsized corporate banker -- are perfecting the mustard-to-cheese ratio according to the company manual. But when their shot at the American dream is interrupted by a series of peculiar events, they become unlikely allies in a post-recession world. Even as corporate America gives up on them, they band together to prove that heroes aren't born, they're made ... fresh to order on your choice of bread.

Thru - Oct 21, 2018

Price: $20-$30

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 626-356-7529

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  American Hero Reviews
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Broadway World - Somewhat Recommended

"...The L.A. premiere of Bess Wohl's AMERICAN HERO doles out a steady stream of screaming conflicts, yet leaves you hungry for more satisfactory resolutions."
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Gil Kaan

Stage and Cinema - Recommended

"...IAMA Theatre Company’s 2018-19 season opener, Bess Wohl’s American Hero (a Pasadena Playhouse guest production at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre) is a portrait in miniature of the underemployed working poor’s quiet and not-so-quiet desperation. There is superb teamwork between the actors, and when it is at its best, the play approaches Pinteresque tragicomedy."
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Samuel Garza Bernstein

Stage Scene LA - Highly Recommended

"...Times are tough for the heroic “sandwich artists” of Bess Wohl’s absurdist, existentialist, surrealist, and non-stop hilarious American Hero, the latest Los Angeles Premiere from IAMA Theatre Company."
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Steven Stanley

Will Call - Recommended

"...Director James Eckhouse keeps this L.A. premiere lively and watchable. His cast also serves as the stage crew, quickly handling props and furnishings during the frequent black-outs. He presents a lamentable topic in an upbeat production. Finally, I’ll bet you’ll never again bite into a Footlong Sub without remembering the gang at American Hero!"
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Ingrid Wilmot

Stage Raw - Highly Recommended

"...The ensemble work is tight and funny. As a dozy slacker who unexpectedly develops a steel backbone, Mann is a delight — as is Outerbridge as the oft-fired corporate middleman whose cognitive dissonance burgeons into a fierce devotion to fast-food prep. LaMadrid delights as the sexy co-worker who tries to flirt her way to the top, but with unexpectedly bizarre results. To, playing a variety of customers, corporate executives, the store manager, and even, in one astonishing sequence, the so-called “ghost of the sandwich god,” is amazingly versatile, with perfect, deadpan timing. He’s particularly good as the Mephistophelean man from corporate who shows up unexpectedly."
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Paul Birchall

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