The enthusiasm didn't end with their applause. Playgoers had the opportunity to celebrate with the artists at the Cast Party, co-sponsored by The Westin South Coast Plaza at its Plaza Ballroom, which was transformed into the “Club of the Unloved,” subtley belit in red and purple and festooned with crystal clear heart-shaped balloons.
Honorary Producers Sophie and Larry Cripe—among the show’s biggest fans, having seen it in tech rehearsals, during previews and, finally, on First Night—added their praise. Sophie knows whereof she speaks when she says, “At times Tristan & Yseult attains a Wagnerian tragic intensity…at other times, it's a silly dose of audience engaging English ‘Panto’ fun. Throughout, it's modern in tone, not remotely medieval and highly entertaining."
Honorary Producers Steve and Laurie Duncan, who also saw the show in previews, were equally enthusiastic, saying, “We were impressed with the portable set and design, appreciated the audience engagement with the characters and truly enjoyed this love story and plot to the very end!”
ALL of the critics agreed! Here are some links:
- "A Valentine's Day present for theatergoers...a colorful and richly inventive stage fable where myth and music seductively entwine." —Los Angeles Times
- "A work of undeniable brilliance." —Orange County Register
- "Magical, imaginative, supremely theatrical." —StageSceneLA
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