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  Wrinkles at David Henry Hwang Theater


David Henry Hwang Theater
120 Judge John Aiso St. Los Angeles

Grandpa Harry’s got a big secret! In this comedy, unbeknownst to his daughter and grandson, 73 year-old Nisei Harry Fukutani is an internet sensation. But to view his work, you’d have to turn off the parental filter and have a valid credit card. A sticky comedy about sex, lies, and tiger balm. This play was developed in East West Players’ David Henry Hwang Writers Institute.

Presented by East West Players

Thru - Mar 13, 2011

Wednesdays: 8:00pm
Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm

Price: $20-$40

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 213-625-7000

Running Time: 1hr 20mins

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  Wrinkles Reviews
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Los Angeles Times - Recommended

"...Director Jeff Liu encourages some mugging but keeps his cast on pace, even when Kikuchi’s story takes a couple of overly convenient turns. Make no mistake, this is a TV pilot on stage, and the playwright doesn’t dig too deeply into his characters. But, just as Sheen’s long-running comedy — as opposed to his real-life farce — has shown us, sex is ultimately a means to intimacy, physical vitality and joy. That this truth applies to suburban septuagenarians as well as smooth-skinned porn stars is what gives “Wrinkles” its gentle wisdom."
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LA Weekly - Somewhat Recommended

"...Director Jeff Liu's cheerfully brisk pacing and the cast's engaging comic timing help keep Kikuchi's lightweight farce from edging into dark or disturbing terrain. Kikuchi's appealingly glib dialogue boasts endless snarky one-liners -- he certainly gets plenty of mileage from that old gag genre known as the "mock porn title" (Lady and the Gramps and Joy Suck Club, to name but a pair). Yet there's also something a little distasteful about the piece's steadfastly surface-level approach to the porn world's creepier aspects -- and the farce's energy wanes midway through, when the play's one joke has reached its saturation point. Still, the show's saved by deft and hilarious turns from Hill's ferocious "tiger mom," and by the gruff, understated Shimono, as the world's most unlikely (yet strangely charismatic) porn star."
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Paul Birchall

Backstage - Somewhat Recommended

"...Kikuchi's script is very much in sitcom style, driven by the pursuit of laughs rather than character or plot. He manages to make porn seem as American as Mom's apple pie and as Japanese as Mt. Fuji. But the piece is funny in low-brow fashion. Still, there's something a little creepy about the family joining together at the end to inspect nude photos of now-deceased Grandma."
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Neal Weaver

Stage Scene LA - Recommended

"...East West Players’ duo of season openers, Mysterious Skin and Crimes Of The Heart, are hard acts to follow, and if Wrinkles doesn’t reach their level of excellence, it’s nonetheless an entertaining (and maybe even conversation-provoking) laugh-getter. Bring the grandparents. They might have a thing or two to tell you on the way home from the theater."
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Steven Stanley

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