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ANTHONY BYRNES kcrw says "bitter" · July 03, 2015
Said more simply, while there's some lovely individual acting the cast is largely acting past one another: the bitter arrows either missing their target or else coming from nowhere. Absent is the particular gravity that unites Inge's world and makes the character's struggles so devastating.... full review

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ERIN CONLEY on stage & screen says "sweet" · June 26, 2015
The Antaeus’s 49 seat theater is the perfect setting for such an intimate story, and the combination of the simple yet impressive set, sounds, lights, and even smells transports you to 1952 Kansas before the play even begins. The simplicity of the setting allowed Cameron Watson’s fine directing and the stellar cast to truly shine.... full review

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GIL KAAN broadwayworld says "sweet" · June 26, 2015
William Inge's 1953 Pulitzer Prize winner Picnic certainly holds up quite well in Antaeus Theatre Company's expert and streamlined production. Cameron Watson directs his talented cast without any extraneous beats, moments, or gestures. Every little detail quite essential and integral to Inge's tale of a drifter's affect on a bunch of traditional Kansas folks back in 1952.... full review

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MICHAEL SHEEHAN on stage los angeles says "sweet" · June 27, 2015
The picnic is all checkered gingham with a dark underbelly that Antaes exposes with élan. It’s a good production of a good play. Dated. Classic. Inge’s clearly written characters work out their issues in unsurprising ways. The passions and the jealousies and the individual arcs of each of these simple folks make for an enjoyable evening in the Theatre!... full review

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STEVEN STANLEY stagescenela says "sweet" · June 29, 2015
Family vs. freedom, love vs. duty, beauty vs. brains, and the loneliness that life choices can bring—all of these themes make Picnic the great, if sadly all-too-unsung play it has been for the last sixty-plus years, and all of them come to life on the Antaeus Company stage under Cameron Watson’s truly inspired direction with a pair of radically different, equally unbeatable casts, both of which must be seen if you love great theater as much as I do.... full review

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DON GRIGWARE broadwayworld, grigware reviews says "sweet" · June 29, 2015
Antaeus is known for its risk-taking, and under Watson's superlative hand, sparks fly. The entire ensemble ignite a fire of engrossing proportions.... full review

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ROB STEVENS haines his way says "sweet" · June 29, 2015
The production is so well presented it’s not like you enter a theatre to see a play but rather you take a ride in a time machine back to small town Kansas in 1952. Robert Selander’s back yard setting, Terri A. Lewis’ perfect costumes, and Jared A. Sayeg’s painterly lighting design make you almost feel like you can smell the freshly mown grass, taste the freshly baked cake. The entire cast (in the usual manner of Antaeus partner casting) is faultless and director Cameron Watson has so finely tuned their performances and brought out every bit of nuance and subtext in Inge’s writing.... full review

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RADOMIR VOJTECH LUZA nohoartsdistrict says "sweet" · July 03, 2015
In the end, “Picnic,” then, the second production of the 2015 season, does the unthinkable: it moves and touches with a story not really meant for moving and touching, but rather merely being.... full review

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LES SPINDLE frontiers, edge la says "sweet" · July 03, 2015
In its shimmering revival of William Inge's steamy 1953 classic, "Picnic," the classics-focused Antaeus Theatre Company serves up a theatrical feast.... full review

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TRAVIS MICHAEL HOLDER arts in la says "sweet" · July 03, 2015
This is where the miraculous Cameron Watson and the folks at Antaeus Theatre Company come in—and come together. Watson directs as if re-creating a painting by an old master, and, with the participation of some of Los Angeles’s most-impressive actors and theater artists, this return to the colorlessly inward-looking world of the Owens family and their friends is a glorious success.... full review

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