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T H E A T E R   R E V I E W  -  The Learned Ladies  -  Theatre of Note


LOS ANGELES, CA - The Learned Ladies is an hands down rhyming must see. Originally written by Moliere in 1672, this contemporary adaptation by Freyda Thomas makes its Los Angeles Premiere at the Theater of Note, and not a moment too soon.

Directed Larry Biederman, The Learned Ladies is the hilarious intrafamilial farce where Women’s Lib is examined with love being the classical underlining theme wrapped in rhyme. This cleverly written script introduce a group of educated ladies, who unfortunately find themselves to be more ignorant than a gutsy maid or a daughter who dreams of true love, while in their search for expanded knowledge of enlightenment.


Involving the audience in their story whenever they can, the ensemble of this production  delight and impress. Elizabeth Liang and Phinneas Kiyomura are perfectly matched as young lovers Henriette and Clitandre. Patrick McGowan and Lynn Odell hold strong as Chrysale and Philamente, whose marriage has reached a crossroads. Millie Chow is amusing and likeable as the Chrysale’s intellectual and spurned daughter. Chrysale’s intelligent brother Ariste is faultlessly portrayed by Kiff Scholl. Kirsten Vangsness’ priceless performance of Chrysale’s mentally unbalanced sister Belise is a comedic highlight.  David Conner nails the role of egotistic poet Trissotin. Rounding out the cast admirably are Lisa Clifton as the Martine the maid, Brad Light as the hipster poet Vadius, and Frank Astran as Ariste’s personal assistant.

Finally to be noted is a special nod to the colorful set design. The literature literally hanging from the ceiling to the portraits along each wall added perfectly to the atmosphere.

The combination of a fantastic script and talented cast are the reasons why you should go see The Learned Ladies. The audience member will be a guaranteed a wonderful time, while some may be subliminally programmed to leave the theater speaking in rhyme. –  Adrian Rennie

Produced for the NOTE by Kirsten Vangsness, The Learned Ladies performs at the Theater of Note, located at 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd (just north of Sunset Blvd) in Hollywood, CA. Running through March 26th, 2005, performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8pm. Admission range from $ 15.00 to $20.00. Group rates are available.

For more reservations and info, please call 323-856-8611.

Parking info – Theater of Note will validate tickets for $3.00 if you park at the Arclight Cinemas. To access the Arclight Parking lot, enter on Ivar (south of Sunset Blvd).

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Adrian Rennie, staff writer and editor for Maestro Arts & Reviews, is an actor and Los Angeles area playwright. Having received great reviews for his plays, The Seven Lessons of Life and Only a Phone Call Away, he continues to write and act in Los Angeles Theater, Television and Film. 



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