/reviews

RACE

by David Mamet

West Coast premiere

"Best Director" award, Inlander.com

 

"In its union of insightful script, well-practiced direction, and subtle acting, Race represents just about the best of Spokane-area (non-musical) theater...thoughtful, sometimes startling, always engaging."

-Michael Bowen, The Inlander

 

"This riveting Interplayers production of David Mamet's Race jams both index fingers down hard on two of the hottest of hot-button issues - race relations and sex - and doesn't let up for 90 minutes...Director Marilyn Langbehn and her cast set a tone that is searing, yet stops short, crucially, of sneering....a perfect example of the intelligence that Langbehn brings to the play."

-Jim Kershner, Spokesman Review

 

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

by Tracy Letts

Named "Best Director" and "Best Production", 2014 TBA Awards

 

"IWhat makes this production in particular work so well is the direction of Marilyn Langbehn...makes you hope the intermission will end soon so you can get back to Oklahoma and the revelations in this enormous work"

-Pat Craig, Contra Costa Times

 

"Contra Costa Civic Theatre Artistic director and production director, Marilyn Langbehn, has come away a major winner in this production...a play that offers the epitome of acting, directing and all things that make great theater work"

-Charlie Jarrett, Rossmoor News

 

"one of the best shows I have seen in quite a while" - Elizabeth Warnimont, Benecia Herald

 

"CCCT’s "August: Osage County" charts an impressive course through an intimidating work."

Adam Brinklow, EDGE San Francisco

 

 

 

 

RABBIT HOLE

by David Lindsay-Abaire

Named one of the "Top Ten Bay Area Productions of 2010" by Theater Dogs

 

"I have yet to see the Nicole Kidman movie version of David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. But the version that will be forever etched into my brain came from the Palo Alto Players onstage at the Lucie Stern Theatre. Director Marilyn Langbehn's production hit all the right emotional notes, and though the play is filled with grief, it left the audience full of cathartic hope."

-Chad Jones, Theater Dogs.net
 

"Under the astutely sympathetic direction of Marilyn Langbehn, the Palo Alto Players cast delivers performances of the highest caliber…Langbehn and her cast rise to the challenge of Lindsay-Abaire's play, and the result is an immersive theatrical experience that is as pleasurable as it is painful. The actors are sure-footed and remarkably restrained, so it's almost impossible not to get caught up in the aching complexity of the story...it's hard to imagine actors making a more personal connection than those on stage at the Lucie Stern Theatre. They give brave performances in a brutal but empathetic play. If you want to know what happens when art jolts you into a fresh sense of appreciation of perspective, take a trip down this "Rabbit Hole" and find out.”

–Chad Jones, Palo Alto Weekly

DRIVING MISS DAISY

by Alfred Uhry

Named one of the “Top Ten Bay Area Productions of 2007”, Contra Costa Times

 

“Hepworth, Holloway and Renati all deliver masterful performances…The intimacy of the Crossroads Theatre certainly helps create the warmth of the play, but most of the credit for the success of the production must go to the actors and the direction of Marilyn Langbehn, who moves her characters gracefully across a set where three elements -- Daisy's house; Boolie's office; and the car, represented by two stools -- are onstage nearly throughout the play.” 

-Pat Craig, Contra Costa Times

FROST/NIXON

by Peter Morgan

Bay Area premiere

 

"Director Marilyn Langbehn masterfully presents a well-cast prize fight of almost epic proportions ... Douglas Morrisson Theatre's superb treatment of "Frost/Nixon" is definitely worth seeing." 

-Janet Grant, Tri-City Voice

 

" ... actor John Hale as Nixon is reason enough to journey to Hayward to the Douglas Morrisson Theatre ...  deftly staged ... seamless execution and production values ... award-worthy and worth your attention and money."   

-John McMullen, Examiner.com

GYPSY

Book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

starring Academy Award-winner Patty Duke

 

"Patty Duke is absolutely terrific as Mama Rose, the mother of all stage mothers. We'll discuss her in a minute, but first I should point out that the Spokane Civic Theatre's version of "Gypsy" is by no means a one-woman show. This production is loaded from top to bottom with effective and polished performances ...That's a credit to director Marilyn Langbehn, who fulfills one of the most important obligations of a director: Put everyone in a role in which they can succeed."

-Jim Kershner, Spokesman Review

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

Book by Rachel Sheinkin, Music and Lyrics by William Finn

2010 BATCC nominee: "Best Production", "Best Ensemble, "Best Director", "Best Musical Direction", "Best Choreography", "Best Actor", "Best Actress"

 

"If I had paid double the ticket price for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee musical, I would have gone home happy....Marilyn Langbehn divined the rhythm and nature of the play in her direction. Others might have gone for the big overdone characters that inhabit musical theatre, but she understood the gentleness of the play...Each character is individuated, and the acting is by-and-large realistic which is a welcome phenomenon in a musical. The voices are all first-class, with a variety of ranges, and that uniformity of great voices is doubly welcome."

-John McMullen II, Berkeley Daily Planet

SUPERIOR DONUTS

by Tracy Letts

San Francisco premiere

"Superbly directed by Marilyn Langbehn, this production is full of delights. Don Wood as aging hippie draft dodger Arthur is darn near perfect….As the young Black man with a disturbing secret, Chris Marsol is full of charismatic charm….Dave Sikula also gives a standout performance as Max Tarasov, displaying a wide and surprising range of moods and an arresting physicality that is fascinating to watch…there are enough turns as a well-made twisted donut, and the results are theatrically delicious."

-Charles Kruger, TheatreStorm

LOOKING FOR NORMAL

by Jane Anderson

Bay Area premiere
 

"The casting was really quite exceptional it its attention to detail. The casting and the direction play to type when it behooves the play to so and against type when it needs to. I can’t share too much without giving away some especially lovely moments, but there’s a line about hands, a simple line with a clear, raw delivery that for me lauded the importance of the craft of casting to equal that of good acting or good writing. What a wonderland of hidden art there was woven almost imperceptibly into the details….This is a show that I think drives home a message of love, faith and compassion without being preachy or even remotely controversial. Like a kiss good night after a bedtime story, it’s a beautiful, cleverly put together show, focused on feelings and the actions taken to live fully, freely, honestly and in the end happily with those feelings….a show with texture, emotion, courage, talent and a tremendous capacity to open our eyes to new definitions of normal."

-Susannah Greenwood, Artsalot

THE WOMAN IN BLACK

adapted by Stephen Mallatratt
from the book by Susan Hill
 

"A Stylish ghost story ... a whole lot of fun ....The production not only benefits from the wonderfully decorated theater, but also employs lights, sound and projections to enhance the tale. It all amounts to an engrossing tale that proves a worthy test for the play's two actors, who are well directed by Marilyn Langbehn."

-Pat Craig, Contra Costa Times


" ... a chilly, spine-tingling night of pure entertainment ..."

- Janet Grant, Tri-City Voice

 

"I have to mark "The Woman in Black" as a Must See Production. It has all the intrigue, suspense, and scare factor rolled together tightly for an exceptional live theater experience."

-Mauricio Segura, Golden Bay Magazine

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