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  Our Very Own Carlin McCullough at Geffen Playhouse

Our Very Own Carlin McCullough

Geffen Playhouse
10886 Le Conte Avenue Los Angeles

Our Very Own Carlin McCullough is a 10-year-old tennis prodigy, being raised by a supportive single mom. But when her daughter's dedicated new coach begins guiding her career to smashing success, it sets off a fierce back-and-forth volley over what's best for the girl and her future. Written by actress Amanda Peet (Brockmire, The Good Wife, Something's Gotta Give), and starring Mamie Gummer (The Good Wife) and Joe Tippett (Waitress) this exciting new play is set to receive its world premiere at the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the acclaimed Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Thru - Jul 29, 2018

Tuesdays: 8:00pm
Wednesdays: 8:00pm
Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm & 7:00pm

Price: $60-$85

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 310-208-5454

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  Our Very Own Carlin McCullough Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

LA Weekly - Somewhat Recommended

"...The other performances, which include Caroline Heffernan as the 17-year-old Carlin, are fine without being especially nuanced or illuminating. From my perspective, the depth and detail of the mother-daughter relationship needs to be more developed in Act I so that the dramatic payoff in Act 2 carries the weight the playwright intended. Encumbered by chatty exposition, the first half of the drama lags, but there are enough intense and ironic moments in the second to make it worth the wait."
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Deborah Klugman

The Hollywood Reporter - Recommended

"...At the outset, Our Very Own Carlin McCullough looks like it might be taking on the twisted authority figures who have dominated the news this last year with abuse scandals in USA Gymnastics, USA Swimming, the Canadian women's ski team and other amateur sports. But this new play, written by actress Amanda Peet, is actually something much more — a deep dive into the desperate parents, extreme training costs, gruesome politics and wrecked childhoods that are pretty much standard-issue in these worlds. All that, of course, makes these kids easy prey when there's a monster in the locker room. But let's not get ahead of ourselves just yet."
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Deborah Wilker

Will Call - Highly Recommended

"...The play opens to the familiar sound of tennis balls being whacked back and forth, to put us in a courtside mood. Soon the old adage “behind every successful man stands a good woman” will evolve into “behind every successful child performer stands an ambitious mother”. This well told, smartly directed (by Tyne Rafaeli) and flawlessly acted piece, takes you behind the scenes to the tribulations of a stage mother extraordinaire. Regardless of whether the child in question is guided to fame in athletics, stage or screen, in this case, the tennis court - it’s a blood sport."
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Ingrid Wilmot

Stage Raw - Highly Recommended

"...Overall, the plot’s steady pace, its build-up to the unexpected changes in the second half and its final denouement make Our Very Own Carlin McCullough a compelling story even non-tennis fans can appreciate and enjoy."
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Lara J. Altunian

Accessibly Live Off-Line - Recommended

"...Technical credits soar thanks to the flowing and ever-changing scenic design by Tim Mackabee on which Rafaeli beautifully incorporates character exits as set pieces move into place, everyday and tennis-themed costumes designed by Elizabeth Caitlin Ward, lighting design by Lap Chi Chu, with original music and sound design by Lindsay Jones who will have you really believing tennis balls are being whacked from side to side on the court set."
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Shari Barrett

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