MAN ABOUT TOWN LOS ANGELES: NEXT FALL – THE GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE

NEXT FALL

THE GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE

OCTOBER 25, 2011 – DECEMBER 4, 2011

Next Fall, which has already won widespread critical acclaim (nominations for the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Play) makes its West Coast debut with the original New York director. 

Adam and Luke seem like a case of opposites attract – Adam is older, neurotic and an atheist; Luke is impulsive, a struggling actor and a devout Christian. After Luke is involved in a critical accident, family and friends descend upon the couple and these longtime differences collide, forcing opposing views on faith and family into a stand-off. As timely as it is touching, this must-see play exposes the fundamental truth that we love people both because of – and in spite of – who they are.

NOTE:  Next Fall contains strong language and mature themes.

Geffen Playhouse

10886 Le Conte Avenue

Los Angeles, CA  90024

CAST: Ken Barnett, Betsy Brandt, Jeff Fahey, Geoffrey Nauffts, Lesley Ann Warren and James Wolk

WRITTEN BY:  Geoffrey Nauffts

DIRECTED BY:  Sheryl Kaller

RUNNING TIME: 140 minutes and includes one fifteen minute intermission. 

INFO: 310-208-2028 / www.geffenplayhouse.com 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:  

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8:00 PM

Saturday at 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Sunday at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM

ADMISSION:  
Orchestra / Boxes $55
Front Mezzanine $35
Rear Mezzanine $35
 
PARKING:  Subscribers and donors of $500 or more have been provided with parking passes for each season production. The Geffen Playhouse has negotiated a special $4 flat rate for all other ticket holders at the following location:
Palazzo Parking Structure: 1010 Glendon Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024 
Located 1.5 blocks away and even closer to many restaurant partners
Phone: 310.208.4549
Rate: $4 with validation (please request a validation ticket from the box office or concierge upon entering the theater)
*Payment by credit card is available immediately at the gate arm when exiting. Patrons paying in cash are asked to pay at the pay station on the street level.

THE GOOD:  Without Lesley Ann Warren and Jeff Fahey, this show wouldn’t have much to offer.  Their performances rise above the mediocre script written by Geoffrey Nauffts, who also stars in the show. 
 
Wanting to be a “star” and being a “star,” are two different things. 
 
This show needed a “star.”

THE BAD:  Blending comedy and drama is never easy and this play is the perfect example.  Wildly uneven, this play isn’t sure what it wants to be and unfortunately, never rings true.  

Do you believe in God?  

There are so many ways to answer that question…  

This play could have really been something special. Unfortunately, you will leave the theater feeling unsatisfied.  

THE UGLY:  Not sure why it was nominated for a Tony Award…   

MY SCORE:  **

(2 OUT OF 5 STARS)  

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