The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Drama · rubicon theatre company · Ages 10+ · United States of America

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DON GRIGWARE broadwayworld, grigware reviews says "sweet" · March 14, 2016
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is tight, taut and terribly engrossing theatre from start to finish. It brings us into unknown territory, but even though the surroundings may be unfamiliar, human nature is not. It is nice to see bits and pieces of humanity in even the most lawless of minds.... full review

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TOM JACOBS santa barbara independent says "sweet" · March 14, 2016
The two adaptations are, needless to say, quite different. Compton’s play does not have the subtlety or lyricism of Ford’s great film, which manages to convey its themes through subtext and imagery. But it, too, has its assets, including two gripping scenes in which tension gradually builds before exploding into violence. Director Jenny Sullivan modulates them beautifully. Aided enormously by Trevor Wheetman’s original fiddle music, her excellent cast gradually overcomes the script’s weaknesses (including an annoying voice-over narration) to create a compelling, even urgent piece of theater.... full review

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ERIK REEL society 805 says "sweet" · March 14, 2016
One of the great strengths of this production is Rubicon’s decision to infuse a mythic dimension into the production, taking the play to another level not fully required by the script, proving once again that the Rubicon doesn’t just do plays, they do something with them.... full review

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VALERIE SUMMERS southern california guide says "sweet" · March 14, 2016
From the opening scene, the powerful portrayals of the story’s characters captured the audience and actors were rewarded with standing ovations and cries of bravo. We seemed to be privy to some very private conversations and altercations that were taking place on stage.... full review

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RITA MORAN ventura county star says "sweet" · March 14, 2016
There's a quiet poignancy to Rubicon Theatre Company's production of "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," a mood that is greatly enhanced by the quality of the direction and acting.... full review

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PHILIP BRANDES la times says "sweet" · March 14, 2016
Original music scored and performed live by Trevor Wheetman furthers the impeccable period feel in Jenny Sullivan’s staging, which succeeds as both a nostalgic homage to the rugged individualism of the Wild West and a self-aware reflection on the double-edged civilizing tide that laid its spirit to rest on Boot Hill.... full review

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ROB STEVENS haines his way says "bitter sweet" · March 17, 2016
Given all those script problems, director Jenny Sullivan and the Rubicon have mounted a solid if too lengthy and leisurely a production... full review

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