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  Lucky Stiff at Actors Co-op Theatre

Lucky Stiff

Actors Co-op Theatre
1760 N. Gower Street Hollywood

As a recipe for non-stop laughs, it's hard to top the winning concoction of slamming doors, mistaken identities and $6 million in diamonds ... not to mention a corpse in a wheelchair. Fortunately, all of those ingredients and more are mixed into Lucky Stiff, a musical soufflé that is sure to leave you comically satisfied. The story revolves around an unassuming shoe salesman who's forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo. If he succeeds in passing his uncle off as alive, he stands to inherit millions. If he gets caught, the money will be donated to charity -- or land in the hands of the casino owner's gun-toting wife. Written by Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Rocky, Seussical, Ragtime), this musical-murder-mystery-farce takes the stage at Actors Co-op Theatre in Hollywood.

Thru - Jun 18, 2017

Price: $34

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 323-462-8460

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  Lucky Stiff Reviews
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Los Angeles Times - Somewhat Recommended

"...The no-frills staging by Stephen Van Dorn services composer Stephen Flaherty's pop score with a live four-piece band under Taylor Stephenson's musical direction. While the ensemble sports some capable singing voices, the show lacks the kind of outsized musical-comedy personalities needed to coax howls from amiable mirth. The fact that this lightweight material isn't best-of-breed to begin with should be reason enough to give one paws."
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Philip Brandes

Broadway World - Recommended

"...A long chase scene slows down the second act after intermission but the pace eventually recovers when the pieces of the puzzle start to come together. In the end, it's a no-brainer. Everyone gets what they deserve in this to-die-for madcap musical comedy. Go for the laughs. Stay for the fun."
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Ellen Dostal

Stage and Cinema - Not Recommended

"...But the issue here isn't timing, per se. It's Stephen Van Dorn's direction. While there were some inspired bits, they were few and far between. (One remarkable bit of lunacy: A cast member gripping a wheelchair had his legs held aloft offstage; this brilliantly mimicked being underwater.) It felt like some actors came up with bits rather than the director because there was quite a bit of unmotivated movement."
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Tony Frankel

LA Splash - Highly Recommended

"...Based on "The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo" by Michael Butterworth, LUCKY STIFF dates from 1988 and is still as funny and farcical as ever. Book and lyrics are by Lynn Ahrens and music is by Stephen Flaherty, an award-winning team which is probably best known for "Ragtime." The pair were inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2015. LUCKY STIFF is billed as a "murder mystery musical where you'll die laughing," and it lives up to its description. Directed by Stephen Van Dorn and produced by Catherine Gray, this musical offers the audience a rollicking laugh fest. It's not profound - but it is fun."
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Elaine L. Mura

Stage Scene LA - Highly Recommended

"...“Something Funny’s Going On” this month and next as Actors Co-op treats audiences to the delightful musical comedy bonbon that is Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s Lucky Stiff."
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Steven Stanley

ArtsInLA - Recommended

"...With more than a few gags reminiscent of Weekend at Bernie's, this delightfully engaging piece, based on Michael Butterworth's 1983 tome The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo is a nearly nonstop race full of hilarious characters and slapstick humor. As the story's everyman Harry Witherspoon, Brandon Parrish is downright loveable. Demonstrating a lovely tenor voice and razor sharp comic timing, Parrish has us firmly on his side as he encounters obstacles galore in carrying out his mission."
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Dink O'Neal

Stage Raw - Highly Recommended

"...It’s hard to imagine a more far-fetched plot than the one that animates this zany musical by Lynn Ahren (book and lyrics) and Stephen Flaherty (music), based on The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo by Michael Butterworth. The hero is Harry Witherspoon (Brandon Parrish), a rather colorless young Englishman who works in a shoe-store in East Grinstead. He’s in a rut, and his only distinction is the fact that, at the sight of him, even the mildest-mannered dogs turn slightly feral. They pursue him endlessly, and make his life miserable."
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Neal Weaver

Haines His Way - Somewhat Recommended

"...Even though there are the requisite number of doors in Lex Gernon's set design, this production is far from being a farce. Right from the chaotic opening number, "Something Funny's Going On," the pace and the style of Stephen Van Dorn's direction doom this production to mediocrity. Everything is shouted and/or shouted louder. There is not an iota of wit or finesse in the staging or the performances. The cast and the show just stumble on for nearly two hours until the finale."
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Rob Stevens

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