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  In My Corner at Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

In My Corner

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd Los Angeles

A universal story, uniquely told. Odyssey Theatre Ensemble presents In My Corner, a singular new play by Lizbeth Hasse and Joe Orrach that works boxing, tap dance and music into the story of a street smart, wise guy Puerto Rican kid from New York City who comes of age in the ring and at the barre. Jeremiah Chechik (Benny & Joon, Diabolique) directs Orrach in an exhilarating performance that takes off to the beat of an original score by Matthew Clark, performed live on stage by Clark on piano, Eugene Warren on bass and percussionist Ronnie Gutierrez.

Thru - Nov 3, 2013

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

Price: $30

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 310-477-2055

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  In My Corner Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

LA Weekly - Somewhat Recommended

"...However, this former pugilist doesn’t land as many punches as he ought to; despite his fascinating source material, the show meanders between episodes, lacking a strong enough dramatic throughline to build emotional momentum. Also, other than his father’s character, none of the rest of Orrach’s family is as well developed in the piece. Still, with some reworking, Orrach and Hasse could potentially turn Joe’s multifaceted life experience and talents into a knockout of a show."
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Mayank Keshaviah

Broadway World - Recommended

"...Although I am sure the steps are difficult, Orrach’s ease with his body and athletic movements make his work seem effortless and so engrossing I could have watched him dance all night! And major kudos go to his amazing band, Matthew Clark (piano), Ronnie Gutierrez (percussion), and Eugene Warren (bass), who keep the pace as well as the place jumping."

Shari Barrett

Examiner - Somewhat Recommended

"...This one man show starring the talented, Joe Orrach is the story of his relationship with his Puerto Rican father, who wants his son to become a boxer. Joe goes along with his father's dream for a time, but eventually decides, it's not for him. Joe wants to dance...and dance he does. He also boxes for almost the entire show and eventually, this becomes tiresome."
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Joan Alperin Schwartz

ArtsInLA - Somewhat Recommended

"...Joe Orrach has many talents, but they're put on such obvious display in this solo show. He sings, he dances, he hits the speed bag-bare-handed. To what purpose? What's his story?"
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Dany Margolies

Working Authur - Somewhat Recommended

"...Oddly, "In My Corner" has a solid and very distinctive approach to the "setup", what unfortunately it lacks is a punch line."
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Ernest Kearney

LifeInLA - Recommended

"...Despite some pacing issues, and the unnecessary microphone that Orrach wears (the theater couldn’t possibly seat more than 150), he directed some poignant and physically ostentatious moments that transformed a simple one-man show into a compelling piece of performance art."
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Patrick Hurley

The Los Angeles Post - Recommended

"...I was plenty surprised, from the minute I walked into the theater to the very end I was completely entertained with more energy than I thought possible generated from a single person on a stage. I can only describe Joe Orrach (actor, writer) as an electrifying bundle of pure, smoking energy."
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Rose Desena

Pat Rye Reviews - Recommended

"...Director Jeremiah Chechik has added some innovative staging and Lighting Designer Briana Pattillo has cleverly turned a black box into a variety of different settings. Backed by a terrific musical combo, Musical Director/Pianist Mathew Clark, Percussionist Ronnie Gutierrez, Bass Eugene Warren, this is an entertaining evening thanks to this virtuoso talent."
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Patricia Foster Rye

Santa Monica Daily Press - Somewhat Recommended

"...But I don't know if that's enough to make me care deeply. While it's obviously a brilliant physical production, it's also so personal that it may provide more of a release for the performer than real insight for the audience."
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Sarah A. Spitz

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