The Human Comedy Reviews
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
"...The timing of this heartfelt play is perfect following the COVID shutdown, during which many found themselves struggling with loneliness, a trait Saroyan believed is at the heart of the human condition. Adapter and director Thom Babbes tightened the lengthy book, excising some characters while centering his production on the selfless, compassionate actions of the townsfolks — actions which counteract the essential loneliness that permeates humanity. This is what stands out for me. Time and again, I found myself highly moved by the generous behavior of the people of Ithica, especially since they (and we) are also, as Nietzsche wrote, human, all too human."
LA Splash- Recommended
"...There were, as might be expected, some areas which could use tweaking, including a few anachronistic inserts into the wartime ‘40s and a long running time (over two hours) which might have been streamlined by omitting some material which did not directly impact on Homer’s journey. Nonetheless, THE HUMAN COMEDY is a gripping narrative which will keep the audience on the edge of their seats. The play offers some laughs, some tears, and a chance to see the ‘40s revived in vivid colors. Besides, it’s entertaining and fun – and, courtesy of Saroyan and Babbes, has a hopeful and happy feel even during tragic events."
Stage Scene LA- Highly Recommended
"...Smalltown America circa WWII has rarely been brought to life as charmingly and powerfully, or staged as imaginatively as it is in Actors Co-op’s captivating World Premiere adaptation of William Saroyan’s The Human Comedy."
On Stage Los Angeles- Highly Recommended
"...The talent pool for this play runs deep with some of the most impressive work done in the secondary. Eva Abramian's quick changes from Homer's sister, pure as the driven snow Bess, to the raven haired Girl in Slip and then to Auggie, the ambitious newsboy is worth the price of admssion alone!"
Stage Raw- Somewhat Recommended
"...Among the cast, there’s an odd tonal divide that could have been at least partially addressed by the director. Elmer, Hau, Santos, Ladd and Lloyd are so naturalistic and affecting, they throw the archness and artificiality of their fellow performers into unfortunate relief. As for the talented Shannon, his heartfelt Homer keeps this protracted evening richly watchable, despite its flaws."