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  Men of Tortuga at Pasadena Playhouse

Men of Tortuga

Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Ave. Pasadena

Three power-brokers scheme with a weapons specialist to assassinate a despised opponent... Too bad they're all such incompetents. The bungling only gets worse as Maxwell, the senior power-broker, takes a young idealist under his wing. Suddenly his long-dormant conscience begins to reawaken. This comedic thriller discloses a sharp parable that takes a crack at the nastiness of covert governmental and corporate operations.

Presented by Furious Theatre Company

Thru - Mar 28, 2010

Price: $35

Stage: Carrie Hamilton Theatre

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 626-792-7116

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  Men of Tortuga Reviews
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Los Angeles Times - Not Recommended

"...The loss of its host company with the closing of the Pasadena Playhouse threatened the show's very opening, let alone Furious' future, and seems to have cast a listless gloom over the production. Whatever the reason, when what's billed as a "comedic thriller" offers few laughs and even less suspense, there's a lot more work to be done here."
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Philip Brandes

LA Weekly - Somewhat Recommended

"... Alexis Chamow's direction is partially responsible, as it lacks the dynamism and menacing energy necessary to create suspense, but Wells' writing, especially in the second scene, is equally weighed down by stretches of dialogue that stagnate in a discussion of ideas instead of a dramatic execution of them. The cast is capable, and Doug Newell's Mission Impossible–style music is a nice touch, but neither can rescue the interest of the audience, who end up being the plot's true victims."
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Mayank Keshaviah

Backstage - Somewhat Recommended

"...Jason Wells' Steppenwolf-bred dark comedy, now in its West Coast premiere, initially feels like an enigmatic Samuel Beckett play, updated to offer sardonic commentary on greed and amorality in the corporate jungle. Yet that impression fades as his lengthy one-act plays out. Pitch-black humor accented with violence and paranoia, as in the classic "The Manchurian Candidate," can be simultaneously hilarious and chilling, but Wells' tale of Machiavellian boardroom plotting doesn't fully jell. Director Alexis Chamow and an adept cast elicit nervous laughter from the audience as the madness unfolds, yet the piece seems a few gasps short of its intended impact."
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Les Spindle

Talkin Broadway - Highly Recommended

"...The play is a single act which nicely builds to a climax, although not much of a resolution (another apparently deliberate choice of the playwright, preferring to leave open issues in the audience's head than to tidily wrap things up for his characters). Performances are solid, with exceptional comic work from Robert Pescovitz as Taggart, and Alan Brooks as Jeff, the conspirator who quickly works himself into a red-faced rage whenever things don't appear to be going his way."

Sharon Perlmutter

Stage Scene LA - Recommended

"...Theatergoers who aren’t frustrated by cryptic characters and plot will likely find little to gripe about in Men Of Tortuga. Confused I may have been, but not bored. All in all, I’d give the production a B+. If I’d been able to explain to my guest what had been going on, or he to me, it would have scored a solid A."
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Steven Stanley - Highly Recommended

"...Alexis Chamow, until recently an artistic associate at the Playhouse, provides on-point direction and increasingly mad-cap pacing on Designer Sara Ryung Clement’s spacious, grey-scale executive suite. Every production element from costuming by Leah Piehl to the “swish” of a hidden elevator (sound design by Doug Newell) melds unobtrusively to create the Furious’ trademark ultra realism onstage."
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Leigh Kennicott

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