Let Me In Reviews
Broadway World- Somewhat Recommended
"...There's nothing wrong with a great soap-I mean, I'm always down for an evil-twin twist-but a 90-minute show (no intermission) would be better served if it weren't quite so overstuffed. So many skeletons come bounding out of closets, it becomes melodramatic, undermining the power of the story and the characters' arcs. While it makes sense that Hamilton's working his last day, that trope is so overused it practically induces a groan. And (SPOILER) as soon as Red and Bobby are revealed as being about the same age, you know they're going to hook up, despite the fact that they're supposed to be going to her BFF's/his fiancé's funeral."
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
"...In writer/director Brynn Thayer‘s Let Me In, now running at the newly and spiffily remodeled Theatre 68 Arts Complex in North Hollywood, actor Jorge Garcia of Lost fame gives a moving, funny, and incredibly nuanced performance as a New York cop on the day of his retirement. Mr. Garcia is an active listener, going beyond simply hearing the words that another actor speaks but also seeking to understand the meaning and intent behind them. It is easily one of the better performances taking place on an L.A. stage right now."
LA Splash- Highly Recommended
"...The production team does a great job of working on the setting, with scenic design by Joel Daavid, costumes by Mylette Nora, light by Gaven Wyrick, and sound by Joseph Slawinski. And let’s not forget fight director Celina Lee Surniak and choreographer Emily Mikolitch. This is definitely a team effort which succeeds. LET ME IN will resonate with anyone who has lost a loved one, especially a person with everything to live for – in a violent and unexpected way. It will also remind everyone that handling grief might be easier if mixed with a gentle touch of humor."
On Stage Los Angeles- Recommended
"...Sometimes I like to say that I am happy to see all of the actors "in the same play at the same time." Thanks to playwright / director Bryn Thayer, it mostly works. The exremely tight playing space presents some mechanical problems. On a larger stage, some of the really funny business would have an opportunity to be even funnier.."
NoHoArtsDistrict- Highly Recommended
"...The performances are wonderful. Each of these fine accomplished actors are reaching high and hitting hard. I admit to a sniffle or two, or more and to lots and lots of laughter. But it’s important also to like these people I think. And I do. They seemed like the kind of people I would be friends with. Funny, flawed, clever, kind and strong. They are very well written and beautifully played."
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
"...At times, Let Me In suffers from awkward comedic timing and slow pacing, making both the moments of madcap comedy and moments of tense silence feel less impactful. Additionally, long sequences that involve actors communicating with an Alexa device seem gimmicky and distract from the intriguing human dynamics unfolding between the characters. The play’s several unbelievably tragic twists are undoubtedly influenced by Thayer’s soap opera background but ultimately tip the plot into melodramatic territory. Rather than relying on shock value, Let Me In is at its best when it explores the messy and all-too-human nuances of grief."
Glamgical- Highly Recommended
"...Thayer selected three experienced actors that bring a superb performance that makes this play a pleasure to watch. Their timing and chemistry create a dynamic story that navigates fluently between comedy and tragedy. The set design (Joel Daavid, Set Designer) shows the careful attention to detail placed on this production; the objects, the textures, and the balcony give a vibrant touch to the story."