Tuesday, April 27, 2010

"Doctor Cerberus" touches the Heart/Funny Bone

Playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Honorary Producer Laurie Smits Staude

Doctor Cerberus, the tender, funny, sad, uplifting new play by one of the most diversified young writers in America today (Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa also writes for Marvel Comics and the Big Love television series) captivated the First Night audience on April 16, led by praise from its Honorary Producer Laurie Smits-Staude.

“Roberto has given us a treasure that reflects his wonderful ability to hear how people really talk and makes you laugh outloud, and Bart has masterminded a brilliant production, complete with dazzling videos. The performances are so brilliant and touching that I can't imagine any other actors in the roles. Also, having raised sons myself, I know how they can squabble and fight, but when the chips are down, they come to the support of each other. I hope this play has a long life; it adds a wonderful and new niche in the canon of American drama. ”

In his Monday morning review, Paul Hodgins of the Orange County Register called the play “taut and entertaining,” praised all the actors and added, “Bart DeLorenzo’s sure-footed direction … plumbs the depths of this thoughtful and multi-layered script.”

After the show, First Nighters gathered for a party hosted by Maggiano’s Little Italy in its South Coast Plaza restaurant, which was appropriately decorated to represent the world of Doctor Cerberus—the host of “Nightmare Theatre.”

Read all about the party and see the glittering photos.

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