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  Trevor at Atwater Village Theatre

Trevor

Atwater Village Theatre
3269 Casitas Ave Atwater Village

Inspired by true events, TREVOR is a subversive comedy about fame, success, and the lies we tell ourselves in order to keep people from taking away our erratic, 200-pound chimpanzee. At the center of this hilarious and heart-wrenching play are two individuals fighting against a world unable to understand their love: Trevor, a chimpanzee who once performed in commercials with the likes of Morgan Fairchild, and his owner Sandra, who swears he would never hurt a fly…at least not on purpose. A moving exploration of family, flawed communication and humanity.

Thru - Apr 19, 2015

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



Price: $28

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 323-644-1929

www.ensemblestudiotheatrela.org



  Trevor Reviews
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Los Angeles Times - Recommended

"...Directed with invisible ambidexterity by Stella Powell-Jones, this fable, inspired by actual occurrences, is structurally ingenious, animal and human perspectives interweaving in ways that swerve from hilarious to heartbreaking to house-stilling."
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David c. Nichols


LA Weekly - Recommended

"...From that opening, the play’s grim trajectory becomes inevitable. That it also proves such a deliciously laugh-packed ride can finally be attributed to the split-second precision of an inspired ensemble (which includes Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Malcolm Barrett, Brenda Strong, Jim Ortlieb and Bob Clendenin) and director Stella Powell-Jones’ flawless production."
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Bill Raden


Broadway World - Recommended

"...A stellar cast gives their all in the West Coast premiere of Nick Jones’ smartly written Trevor."
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Gil Kaan


StageHappenings.com - Recommended

"...It’s an excellent cast, with a useful set design (Stephanie Kerley Schwartz) and defining costume design (by Elizabeth Cox). Jones has given us a straight-forward look at how we humans can fuck-up our pets, all through love sans intelligence. It’s an entertaining, thoroughly professional theatrical event. Go see it."
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Dale Reynolds


Examiner - Recommended

"...“Trevor,” a 2013 black comedy written by Nick Jones, is a sly and quite brave riff on the American dream. Owing a rather overt thematic debt to Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” in the best possible ways, Jones has simultaneously crafted a crazy little love story and a multi-layered tragedy. The play’s West Coast premiere by the Circle X Theatre Co. under the direction of Stella Powell-Jones reinforces the critical excellence of its producing company. Further, it establishes Laurie Metcalf as a performer of utter bravery (which we already knew) and this marvelous production should fill the Atwater Village Theatre’s sub-99 space steadily through April 19."
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Evan Henerson


ArtsInLA - Recommended

"...Jones has created an absolutely hilarious contemporary comedy, made more flawless by its dynamic cast and the snappy, visually nonstop direction of Stella Powell-Jones. Simpson and Metcalf possess incredible comedic timing. But when playing together, they make their roles sing with pitch-perfect skill, creating an amazing sense of communication between two members of different species that will make anyone seeing Trevor go home, look their alternate-species family members in the eye, and wonder if they really know what’s on their pets’ minds after all."
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Travis Michael Holder


On Stage Los Angeles - Recommended

"...This is a play that should not be missed. And, it must be mentioned that it is virtually BECAUSE of the 99 Seat Plan that Circle X Theatre Company is able to put the show up. If Actors Equity is successful in its plan to gut this boon to actors and small theatres in Los Angeles, the expense and red tape that would lumber Circle X might easily force them to abandon this type of wonderful work."
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Michael Sheehan


Will Call - Recommended

"...In addition to the brilliantly written piece and the superb direction by Stella Powell-Jones, it’s the performances that make it a must-see. Metcalf, as the anxious mama is a marvel, fighting for her young like a tigress. She’s never been upstaged but Simpson comes close. His Trevor is a tour de farce which, one hopes, will be remembered when the 2015 theatre awards are handed out."
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Ingrid Wilmot


The Los Angeles Post - Recommended

"...Part comedy, part fantasy, part magical realism, “inspired by true events,” and ending in tragedy, Nick Jones’s Trevor is loopy and shaggy and outrageous and pretty great even though it ends badly for our two favorite characters. It also provides a master class in comic acting from the performers who play those characters."
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Dan Berkowitz


Observations Along the Road - Recommended

"...This, friends, is the power of theatre. One can view Trevor as the basic surface story: a tragi-comedy (dramedy?) about a woman and her chimp — and enjoy it on that level. One can see the parallels in Trevor to deeper commentary on the human condition — and enjoy that level as well. The presentation in an intimate forum (as opposed to the distance of a larger theatre like the Taper or even the Colony) serves to amplify the message. Trevor could be that man or woman sitting next to you; Trevor is right in front of you."
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Daniel Faigin



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