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  The Man Who Came to Dinner at Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre

The Man Who Came to Dinner

Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre
10900 Burbank Blvd. North Hollywood

The Group Rep presents Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s beloved farce The Man Who Came to Dinner, directed by Bruce Kimmel, produced by Doug Haverty. The comedy classic takes place a few weeks before Christmas in small town USA, after a famously outlandish NYC radio personality is invited to dine at the house of the well-to-do local factory owner. But this sharp-tongued celebrity slips on a patch of ice outside the front door and injures his hip. Confined to the house for a month, he drives his hosts mad by insulting them, monopolizing their world, wreaking havoc with romantic antics and receiving a constant stream of bizarre guests, including performers, scientists, penguins and even paroled convicts. As Christmas Day approaches mayhem ensues and fate delivers a comeuppance.

Thru - Jan 12, 2020

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

Price: $25

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 818-763-5990

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  The Man Who Came to Dinner Reviews
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Broadway World - Highly Recommended

"...The Chapman Theatre's house company, The Group Rep, has put together a cast of veteran performers who know their parts well. Leading the way is the brilliant Jim Beaver as Whiteside: impatient, rude, and obnoxious, but capable of gestures of sentimentality and kindness as well as childishness (Woollcott was known to lapse into infantile mannerisms, and Hart and Kaufman made sure to include a few of them.)"
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Cary Ginell

Stage and Cinema - Recommended

"...With its Shakespearean-sized necessities, a truly brilliant version of The Man Who Came to Dinner may be impossible these days. But I’m glad to have seen this reminder of the halcyon days between the great wars; the two-and-a-half hours fly by, with the best moments offering a risible throwback to an era of grand silliness."
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Tony Frankel

LA Splash - Highly Recommended

"...The Lonny Chapman Theatre has outdone itself in the production of this hilarious comedy. The huge cast is picture perfect, starting with the star all the way down to the smallest part in the show. Special kudos to Jim Beaver (Whiteside) and Barry Pearl (Banjo), who couldn’t be better as the ascerbic commentator and the crazed madman clown. Director Bruce Kimmel has managed to keep the action moving at a frantic pace, just right for this farcical Christmas blunder. He has also managed to herd the cast of actor/cats with equal skill."
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Elaine Mura

Stage Scene LA - Highly Recommended

"...When it comes to terrorizing an all-American family while scheming to get his own egomaniacal way, nobody did it better in the 1930s than radio superstar Sheridan Whiteside, just one reason why Golden-era Broadway fans won't want to miss The Group Rep's spiffy revival of Kaufman and Hart's screwball comedy classic The Man Who Came To Dinner."
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Steven Stanley

The Tolucan Times - Highly Recommended

"...A madcap blend of eccentric characters and situations, The Man Who Came to Dinner offers daft, lighthearted entertainment perfect for the holiday season. A satiric look at a guest who comes to visit and seems might never leave, the play offers a little something for everyone."
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Mary Mallory

NoHoArtsDistrict - Highly Recommended

"..."The Man Who Came to Dinner" at the Group Rep at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in NoHo is fun, fun, funny and a glorious addition to the Christmas theatre season."
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Cathy Wayne

Stage Raw - Highly Recommended

"...As playwright/performer Beverly Carlton, a character reminiscent of Noel Coward, Chris Winfield oozes sophisticated artifice, and half talks, half sings his musical number with just the right touch. Winfield also created the beautifully-appointed set, highlighted by warm, dark colors and an inviting Christmas tree. His design conveys a sense of the time, the place and the season. The same can be said of Michael Mullen's costume design, which is particularly appropriate to the period."
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Iris Mann

Theatre Notes - Recommended

"...The tightly written show has subplots of conniving and romantic frustration too numerous to catalog here, that are punctuated with audacious, character driven action. When Maggie falls for the local newspaper owner, Bert Jefferson (Mark Stancato), Whiteside, fearful of losing his longtime employee, tries to thwart the romance by importing a famous actress, Lorraine Sheldon (Susan Priver), to seduce the newspaper man. He enlists another actor, Beverly Carlton (excellent Chris Winfield) in from the continent to help queer the budding romance."
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Paul Myrvold

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