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Theatre Review - INSIDE OUT

Written by Dianne Williams
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Born in the San Fernando Valley, heralded on Off-Broadway, traveled throughout the US and overseas to rave reviews, we welcome back for its 20th year anniversary “Inside Out.” This laugh out loud, witty and colorful musical comedy fabulously presented by Kritzerland Entertainment and PlayWorks is now playing at The Grove Theatre Center in Burbank.

Inside Out,” set in the 1980s, playfully focuses on six women who are participating in group therapy. That’s right, group therapy, with issues that remain germane today.

The therapy group of “Inside Out”’ is made up of Therapist Grace (Cynthia Ferrer) whose sensitive guidance, role play exercises and support helps to provide breakthroughs for her clients. Liz (Sandy Bainum) is a high powered businesswoman, mother and wife to an aspiring Chef house-husband who wants more of her time. Sage (Adrienne Visnic) is a naïve flower child who views the world through rose colored glasses and leaves her life decisions to the stars and tarot cards. Chlo (Stephanie Fredricks) is a sarcastic, innocently flirtatious lesbian and single parent of a teen son who romantically lonely. Molly (Dana Miller) is an apologetic housewife, whose diminished self-esteem and body image makes it difficult for her to stand up for herself. And finally Dena (Leslie Stevens,) the group’s newest member, is an aging pop-star whose confidence and pride have limited her career options and ability to get out of her own way. These women are relatable real people.

Impeccably intertwined the stories of these women’s support and understanding for one another are beautifully conveyed through dialogue and of course musical numbers capturing and enhancing their special moments. “Thin” led by Molly (Dana Meller) and “Yo Chlo” rap by Dena (Leslie Stevens) and Company were met with joy and belly laughs from the audience. Revelation songs like “I Don’t Say Anything” by Sage (Adrienne Visnic) and “Never Enough” by Chlo (Stephanie Fredricks) brought the house down. There is no deficit of musical numbers and characters to please and relate to.

Unforgettable music by Adryan Russ, perceptive lyrics by Doug Haverty and Adryan Russ and book by Doug Haverty make this impressive collaboration exquisite!

Hitting every note, musically and emotionally, this grand cast of women is made up of an undeniably superb ensemble of talented artists. Sandy, Cynthia, Stephanie, Dana, Meller, Leslie and Adrienne, thank you for a wonderful night of musical theatre.

Pure entertainment! Love musicals? Put “Inside Out” on your list of must-see theatre, you will love it! Do yourself a favor and get your tickets now, while they last, and before it leaves, you won’t regret it.

WELCOME HOME – “INSIDE OUT”!

A portion of the proceeds from “Inside Out” are donated to Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer.

Cast: Sandy Bainum, Cynthia Ferrer, Stephanie Fredricks, Dana Meller, Leslie Stevens, Adrienne Visnic

Director: Bruce Kimmel
Music Director: Alby Potts
Set Design: Rei Yamamoto
Costume Design: Natalya Shahinyan
Sound Design: Josh Benton
Public Relations: Michael Sterling

THE GROVE THEATER CENTER
1111-B West Olive Avenue
Burbank, CA 91506

Tickets/Reservations/Information: 323-960-1055
www.plays411.com/insideout
Tickets: $25; Senior/Student: $15;
February 14 – March 22, 2015
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm; Sunday Matinees at 2:00 pm

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