Last night my wife and I saw a wonderful play, Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney. The award-winning Irish playwright’s drama about what it means to see has been re-envisioned in this Los Angeles production. It is worth attending if only to experience the astonishing, intelligent and incandescent performance by Melina Bielefelt as Molly. I was riveted throughout the performance by Friel’s compelling tale about a blind Irish lass given a chance at regaining her sight.
I wish you all could have the opportunity to see this incredible show. It’s at the tiny Son of Semele Theatre, 3301 Beverly Blvd. in Los Angeles (not too far from Alvarado).
This is the final weekend with Saturday night performances nearly sold out. Their Sunday matinee is selling well too. They just added one more performance on Sunday Evening at 7:00 pm.
Tickets are still available to all performances, so reserve your seats fast!
Here are some brief critical comments on this intimate production:
LA Weekly – “GO!”
“…a tender, profound staging of Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney…”
“…intercut personal arias that are so rich in local color and composition…(Melina) Bielefelt’s Molly has an intoxicating mix of intelligence and tenderness.”
– Steven Leigh Morris, LA Weekly
“Randee Trabitz directs her excellent ensemble on a stage divided by two translucent scrims.”
– Amy Nicholson, LA Weekly
“Molly Sweeney is such a beautifully constructed play, but very tricky; director Randee Trabitz and stand out performers made it all look effortless.”
– Jennie Webb