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  Ripe Frenzy at Greenway Court Theatre

Ripe Frenzy

Greenway Court Theatre
544 North Fairfax Avenue Los Angeles

Winner of the National New Play Network’s 2016 Smith Prize for Political Theatre, this site-specific premiere brings us to Tavistown, New York, where a recent tragedy has rocked the community to its core. Narrator and town historian, Zoe, recounts the days leading up to the incident, as the high school prepares for the semi-annual production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. The National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Jennifer Barclay’s Ripe Frenzy is a stunning new play about community in the wake of unspeakable devastation.

Thru - Jun 17, 2018

Price: $34

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 323-655-7679

  Ripe Frenzy Reviews
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Los Angeles Times - Recommended

"...Director Alana Dietze calibrates the story so that as opening night approaches, a growing sense of dread shadows the characters' rehearsal giddiness. Elizabeth Ann Bennett is a smiling, gracious hostess throughout, with Melody Butiu and Renee-Marie Brewster as her, respectively, jumpy and cool-cucumber parental cohorts. Two youthful performers, Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson and Liam Springthorpe, portray the offspring as well as other roles, with Johnson particularly touching as a socially awkward student who worshiped the narrator's son from afar. Springthorpe is chilling as a lost, angry ghost who barks a long list of factors that have emerged in the profiles of mass shooters through the years."
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Daryl H. Miller

LA Weekly - Highly Recommended

"...Amid a flawless ensemble, Johnson is particularly memorable in her double turns as the flighty, petulant Hadley and the guileless school misfit Bethany, whose frank admiration for the killer despite his crimes provides a final punctuating pathos for Barclay's implicit argument that any culpability for the Parklands and Santa Fes and Sandy Hooks of the headlines is rightly owned by us all."
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Bill Raden

Stage Raw - Somewhat Recommended

"...These elements lend hope for a powerful and definitive American work, but in this production, the promise never materializes. Though she works hard, Bennett’s cerebral performance never draws from deep emotional roots. (Her program bio makes no mention of stage experience, only TV, and to my eye it shows). Under Alana Dietze’s direction, the supporting performances range from stilted to respectable. Among the ensemble Johnson is most memorable as Bethany (her second role, in addition to Hadley)."
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Deborah Klugman

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