"Elsman's Carr is a study in over-the-top buffoonery; he could stand to dial it down
sometimes, but where's the fun in that?...
...Matthew makes a formidable Cecily....Artistic director Robert Currier's madcap staging emphasizes the unnaturalness, but in such a zany way that you can't help but chuckle....the cast on the whole is superb, including Lucas McClure's deadpan Joyce, Stephen Klum's stern Lenin, Sharon Huff as Lenin's devoted wife Nadya and Julian Lopez-Morillas as Carr's unflappable servant Bennett.
As Carr irresistibly observes, 'It may be nonsense, but at least it's clever nonsense.'"
-- Sam Hurwitt, Marin IJ
"Tom Stoppard is unstoppable and so is Robert Currier who directs this erudite playwright with such vaudevillian brio that super-long monologues about esoteric concerns from a forgotten past are as comprehensible as celebrity gossip. Travesties is a lot more entertaining, however, and the celebs being skewered all keep their wits about them.
The situation is pure Oscar Wilde, as are some of the clever lines, but the work is Stoppard, his gift for playful intellectualism is on full show in this soufflé that keeps on rising until the curtain falls.
One of Bay Area's finest actors, William Ellsman, makes it all look easy as he sketches out civil servant Henry Carr's testy relationship with some of the historic names of 1917 Zurich. Ellsman alternates between a senile old bore --although this actor is never boring-- and a young dandy full of himself....
In this riveting production, the sheer number of ideas--intellectual and ridiculous—may exhaust you, but you will never be at a loss. Director Currier, and his actors, make Travesties, flow like wine."
--Lee Brady, Pacific Sun