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  The Spanish Prayer Book at The Road on Magnolia

The Spanish Prayer Book

The Road on Magnolia
10747 Magnolia Blvd. North Hollywood

Moral dilemma, historical mystery, and matters of the heart converge when a committed atheist inherits a collection of rare and hauntingly beautiful illustrated Hebrew manuscripts, including a prayer book from fourteenth-century Spain, and discovers that the books, which bear witness to overlapping Jewish and Islamic traditions, were stolen some six-hundred years after their creation from a library in 1940s Berlin.

Thru - Nov 23, 2019

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

Price: $34

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 866-506-1248

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Stage Scene LA - Not Recommended

"...World Premiere plays are a gamble for theater companies and audiences alike. Sometimes the wager pays off, as it die for the Road in last season's Friends With Guns, Death House, and The Rescued. Unfortunately, in the case of The Spanish Prayer Book, it does not."
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Steven Stanley

The Tolucan Times - Highly Recommended

"...The cast is totally committed, making all the relationships believable. The direction is focused, bringing clarity to every emotion. The set is dazzling, with three large panels displaying different imagery during every scene, from sunlit trees, to magnificent paintings."
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Bob Rich

NoHoArtsDistrict - Highly Recommended

"...The playwright. Angela J. Davis, drew inspiration from true events to write this play and I can't help but wonder what fascinated her so about the original story. In any case, we should be grateful at her interest, because this marvelous and moving play touches on our most deeply held beliefs in love and in each other. A daughter yearns to make her father proud and, better yet, to truly know his heart when she felt so often undeserving of it. We can all connect with that, can't we?"
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Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

Stage Raw - Somewhat Recommended

"...While all the actors acquit themselves well under the direction of Lee Sankowich, Blaize gives an especially detailed and nuanced performance. She pours every ounce of passion into the character and her conflict over whether to sell her sacred legacy or not. But all her hard work just underscores the fact that it is difficult to care about the outcome, especially given the way the playwright has set it up. Michaela is an atheist who had a difficult relationship with her demanding and judgmental father. Also, she has recently been laid-off and is hard up for money. Her moral quandary is almost as difficult to understand as an offstage sub-plot about a New York City district attorney who tries to manipulate the auction for political gain."
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Stephen Fife

Theatre Notes - Highly Recommended

"...The Spanish Prayer Book is an intellectual drama that leaps back and forth in time, with the occasional ruminations of a ghostly Jacob Adler. Under the direction of Lee Sankowich, the pace of the action in the two-act play is deliberative, which is not to say uninteresting. The ensemble of veteran actors is superb."
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Paul Myrvold

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