FAILURE: A LOVE STORY

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JASON ROHRER stage and cinema, bitter lemons says "sweet" · July 26, 2015
In gorgeous story-theater gestures, given human scale by the genius of arranger and composer Gregory Nabours and uplifted by Janet Roston’s show-stopping choreography, Matthews’ shockingly well-cast ensemble gets everything more than right. ... full review

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STEVEN STANLEY stagescenela says "sweet" · July 26, 2015
A superb cast, a brilliant design team, and above all the directorial genius that is Michael Matthews join forces to turn Coeurage Theatre Company’s Los Angeles Premiere of Failure: A Love Story, Philip Dawkins’ whimsical meditation on the fragility of life and the resiliency of those who live it, into one of the year’s most stellar 99-seat-plan productions.... full review

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GIL KAAN broadwayworld says "sweet" · July 28, 2015
Couerage Theatre Company mounts a fine-tuned production of Failure: A Love Story, playwright Philip Dawkins' fresh, unique take on a ill-fated family in the early 1900s. Michael Matthews smoothly directs and inventively stages his large talented, triple-threat cast as they sing, dance and act out this saga of the Fail family, with seemingly more deaths than the Kennedy clan has endured.... full review

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TRAVIS MICHAEL HOLDER arts in la says "sweet" · July 28, 2015
It’s difficult to imagine the success of Coeurage’s dodgy gamble without the imaginative contributions of Matthews, his cast, and his designers, who work passionately to let the Fails’s message seep into our bones while we never even realize what’s happening. ... full review

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LES SPINDLE frontiers, edge la says "sweet" · July 28, 2015
Director Michael Matthews' energetic production is staged in a story-theater fashion, with no pretext of a fourth wall. It initially evokes memories of vintage Thornton Wilder (flashes of "The Skin of Our Teeth" and "Our Town"). Yet Dawkins' surrealistic creation and Matthews' interpretation thereof might also be described as unlike anything you've ever seen.... full review

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DEBORAH KLUGMAN la weekly, stage raw, artsbeatla says "bitter sweet" · August 03, 2015
The chirpy songs and capricious plot turns in this whimsical piece are an acquired taste — and, to be frank, not mine. That said, this production is staged with tight-reined focus by director Michael Matthews, and showcases a disciplined ensemble whose pointed portrayals help shave the cloying edges from the material.... full review

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PAUL BIRCHALL stage raw, stage and cinema says "sweet" · August 07, 2015
A deceptively delicate story with unexpected layers of sophisticated meaning, this play’s philosophical mix of comedy and ennui lasts long after the curtain call. ... full review

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HAYLEY HUNTLEY this stage la says "sweet" · August 21, 2015
Isn’t it just true that you leave some plays having been entertained or intellectually stimulated or even impressed, but you didn’t ever really care? Structurally speaking, this scene is the intersection between Failure’s two halves: a telling play and a showing play. Because eventually, we watch every character (live and) die. We get to know the Fail sisters, and even though the narrators warned us from the beginning that each of them would die, I found myself wringing my hands and wishing I’d been mistaken, the way I watch Romeo and Juliet and really entertain the possibility maybe they won’t die this time. (Even my friend who sat next to me desperately whispered, “Come on, Jenny June!” in an effort to save the middle daughter as she drown... full review

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DARYL H. MILLER la times says "sweet" · August 16, 2015
Buoyant through and through, the 13-member cast exemplifies the tale's consoling message: "Just because something ends, that don't mean it wasn't a great success."... full review

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