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Theatre West Presents
Morning's At Seven
by Paul Osborn

Critic's Choice!
The LA Weekly

"Betty Garrett is grand as Cora...Marvin Kaplan (makes) us laugh out loud!"

Directed by Mark Travis
Produced by Helen Murray

With
Abbott Alexander, Jeanine Anderson, Layla Galloway, Betty Garrett, Marvin Kaplan. Donald Moss, Malachi Throne, Dianne Travis; and Seemah Wilder*

May 18 - July 1, 2007
Fri. & Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 2pm

ADMISSION: Premium (first four rows) $25. Regular $20. Seniors $17. Groups of ten or more, $15. Students $5.

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*(Jack Kutcher replacing Marvin Kaplan June 22- July 1. Cal Bartlett replacing Malachi Throne June 29- July 1.)


REVIEW

Critic's Choice!

LA Weekly
Tom Provenzano

Paul Osborn’s enduring play begins as a feather-weight piece of comic fluff about the tightly interwoven lives of four aging sisters and their families, but through its finely crafted structure, it reveals emotional turmoil dating back 45 years. Three hours of leisurely paced acting is usually an ordeal, but director Mark Travis and his superb cast of seven, most of whom appear much older that their near 60-plus characters, fill every moment. Dianne Travis energetically flits through the play as the youngest and wildest (the only one never married) of the sisters. As mentally disturbed Carl, Marvin Kaplan, who still sounds like his unforgettable cartoon character of Choo-Choo in Topcat, gains the audience’s empathy for his sad state of life, while also making us laugh out loud. Additionally, the two younger (40ish) actors — Abbott Alexander as Carl’s painfully shy son Homer, and Jeanine Anderson playing Homer’s desperate fiancée of 12 years — create some brilliantly acted moments of discomfort. Betty Garrett is also grand as Cora, one of the siblings. Unlike most chestnuts, this sadly comic play holds up extremely well, and this is the perfect company to revive it.

Betty Garrett and Layla Galloway
Photo by Mark Travis


Photo by Bonnie Kalisher


ABOUT MORNING'S AT SEVEN

Several of Theatre West's most famous and popular performers appear on stage in this revival of Paul Osborn's 1939 play "Morning's at Seven.”

It's the story of an extended family living in close proximity, anchored by four aging sisters, Cora, Arry, Esther and Ida, three of whom are married. They're ensconced in a familiar dysfunctionality suspended in place by decades of secrets and deceptions. Their routine is upset when the youngest of the family, 40-year-old Homer, who has been still living with parents Ida and Carl, brings home for a visit his long-time love Myrtle.

Actually, despite the maneuverings of the sisters, it's the men who are the true eccentrics in the family.

It turns out that Myrtle has a secret of her own that will change the lives of all of them, forever.

The cast includes Broadway legend and MGM movie and TV ("Laverne and Shirley,” "All in the Family”) star Betty Garrett, recipient of career achievement awards from the L.A. Drama Critics' Circle, L.A. Weekly and the L.A. Women's Theatre Festival; Marvin Kaplan ("Alice,” "Becker,” "Top Cat,” "Meet Millie”); Malachi Throne ("It Takes A Thief,” "Ben Casey”); Abbott Alexander; Jeanine Anderson; Layla Galloway; Donald Moss; Dianne Travis; and Seemah Wilder.

Mark Travis directs. He helmed the recent award-winning Theatre West/Chestnuts production "The Lion in Winter.” He has over 60 other stage-directing credits, including the hit shows "Time Flies When You're Alive”, and "A Bronx Tale” (later filmed by Robert DeNiro). Travis has also directed for film ("Going Under”) and TV ("The Facts of Life”, "Family Ties”, "Capitol”).

Paul Osborn's other well-known works include "The World of Suzie Wong”, "On Borrowed Time” and "A Bell for Adano”.

This new mounting of "Morning's at Seven” is your chance to see some legendary performers together on the same stage. Don't miss it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poster Design by Doug Haverty

Paul Osborn's hilarious comedy "Morning's At Seven", set in 1939, is about four elderly sisters, three married, one not, who all live next door to each other and have all their lives.

This close-knit clan of mid-westerners are endlessly snooping into each other's trivial affairs, and at the same time, looking after one another as only family will do.

The bickering and the love exchanged in this group are so hilarious and so heartwarming that audiences young and old will appreciate the power and the strength of the bond between these characters.

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Theatre West Executive Director: John Gallogly

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