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  I Loved Lucy at Laguna Playhouse

I Loved Lucy

Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Rd. Laguna Beach

Few people knew America’s comic sweetheart, Lucille Ball, the way Lee Tannin did. Though distantly related, and 40 years apart in age, Lucy and Lee became the nearest and dearest of friends during the last decade of her life. Get a front and center look at Lucy—the personal side of her very public persona from someone who spent the last of her years beside her while out of the spotlight and around a backgammon table. See what is was like to be her friend, and understand how she was so like and unlike her TV alter ego. Re-live life with Lucy – the stories and shenanigans Lee shared with her – and discover a Lucy like you’ve never known. It’s a funny, irreverent, and bitter-sweet portrait that will only add to the love of a great legend.

Thru - Oct 31, 2010

Price: $30-$65

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 949-497-2787

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  I Loved Lucy Reviews
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Los Angeles Times - Not Recommended

"...But then “I Loved Lucy” doesn’t make a very persuasive case for itself. Tannen’s self-aggrandizing tendencies are aggravated by his inability to flesh out characters and dramatic scenarios onstage. The actors are playing an idea of the relationship, and a wholly contrived one at that. Not even the spirited backgammon competition seems real. The most authentic note is the grief that comes after Ball’s death in 1989, leaving Tannen with a few touching memories and the shared consolation of the most glorious reruns of all time."
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Charles McNulty

Stage Scene LA - Recommended

"...Director Todd Weeks clearly deserves a great deal of the credit for two such fine performances, and for keeping I Loved Lucy so real from start to finish.  Bruce Goodrich gets high marks for his multi-locale set design which, aided by Kevin Williams’ projected slides and Paulie Jenkins’ effective lighting, takes us from Lucy’s home to her New York hotel suite, to a movie theater, and even into an elevator (the latter effect achieved entirely by lighting).  Goodrich costumes Lucy mostly in her “at home” wear (not far removed from what you’d see in any retirement community), though we do get an elegant gown or two, and Lee’s outfits are what any reasonably fashionable 30something gay man would likely have picked for himself.  Kudos go also to sound designer Corinne Carrillo, stage managers Jennifer Ellen Butler, and assistant stage manager John Lowe."
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Steven Stanley

OC Register - Somewhat Recommended

"...Tannen makes up for that awkward silence (boy, does he ever) later in "I Loved Lucy," a two-person play based on his bestselling 2001 memoir of his decade-long relationship with Lucy from 1980 until her death in 1989. A world-premiere production at the Laguna Playhouse reveals an often funny but flawed script that's still in the process of being perfected. But with source material this good, Saturday's audience was in a mood to forgive the play's shortcomings."
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Paul Hodgins

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