Los Angeles Theater Review: FAILURE: A LOVE STORY (Coeurage Theatre Company at the Kirk Douglas Theatre)

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by Jason Rohrer on April 16, 2017

in Theater-Los Angeles


[Editor’s Note: To celebrate the work being done on intimate stages in Los Angeles, the Center Theatre Group (CTG) is producing Block Party at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. CTG received 76 submissions from intimate theatre companies throughout the L.A. area. Each company was able to submit one production that opened between January 1, 2015, and August 12, 2016. Three were selected, and each will now be given a two-week run. Tonight, the first of the three shows, Coeurage Theatre’s whimsically uplifting, emotionally devastating, theatrically inventive Failure: A Love Story began its short run. Two years ago, Stage and Cinema’s writer Jason Rohrer wrote an unassailable review that captured this gem’s essence perfectly. When asked if he wished to write a review of this newly mounted production, he wrote, “Two years ago, at the 98-seat Grove Theater Center, I saw the best show I’d ever seen in an intimate house. Tonight I watched the same production revived at the much larger, 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre. The difference is substantial. It is now the best show I’ve seen in a mid-size house.” Indeed, this is the richest, most satisfying play in memory, and may be one of the best shows you will ever see in your life. Here are the photos. Don’t miss it.]

photos by Craig Schwartz

Failure: A Love Story
Coeurage Theatre Company
presented by Center Theatre Group
Kirk Douglas Theatre
9820 Washinton Blvd in Culver City
ends on April 23, 2017
for tickets, call 213.628.2772 or visit CTG

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Robert Leventer April 19, 2017 at 9:06 am

The hit it out of the park last night. The Douglass was full, with all sorts of young’uns. It was great to see.


Jason Rohrer April 19, 2017 at 1:08 pm

They don’t make a mistake, these guys.


Joyce Busch April 24, 2017 at 10:47 am

I would of loved to of been able to see this play as my grandson Matt Denman did the lighting of the play. We are so proud of him. Great Job Matt from your Oma & Opa Busch


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