BWW Review: THE DOCK BRIEF Brings Two Men Together to Challenge the System and Each Other

Multi-award winning Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice presents THE DOCK BRIEF, a comedy by John Mortimer, as their fourth show of the 2014/2015 season, directed by PRT's Robert Bailey, featuring PRT founding member Frank Collison as the barrister Morgenhall and Wesley Mann as his imprisoned client Fowle. For those unfamiliar with the term, a dock brief is a case given directly to a barrister (a lawyer in Britain who has the Read More

Los Angeles Theater Review: SAFE AT HOME: AN EVENING WITH ORSON BEAN (PRT in Venice)

by Paul Birchall on October 27, 2015 in Theater-Los Angeles HOME AND HEART When you go to Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, one of the great pleasures is seeing performers Orson Bean and his wife Alley Mills hanging out in the lobby either manning the concession stand or assisting in helping folks to their seats (that is, if they aren’t actually in the show). Both Bean and Mills will seem familiar to you–and Read More

Culture Spot LA Reviews The Dock Brief

Review: ‘The Dock Brief’ at Pacific Resident Theatre October 25, 2015 | By David Maurer | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance   “Comedy is, to my mind, the only thing worth writing in this despairing age, providing it is comedy which is truly on the side of the lonely, the neglected and the unsuccessful.” So says Sir John Mortimer, the British-born playwright and author Read More


SAFE AT HOME: AN EVENING WITH ORSON BEAN What's not to love about Orson Bean? The man is an absolute marvel and the sharpest octogenarian you'll ever have the pleasure to encounter. He's seen everything, done everything and, even more remarkable, he remembers it all. Young people admire him, the older one envy him. A multi-talent, he has found success on stage, screen, television, as a musician, singer and magician and Read More

The Dock Brief Review – A Sly British Comedy

The Dock Brief Review - A Sly British Comedy By Elaine L. Mura.  An English barrister, author, and playwright, John Mortimer has written a two-character subtle comedy bursting with unfulfilled hopes and dreams. At the same time, it is a poignant tale about two losers who have lasting effects on each other. Mortimer opines that comedy “is the only thing worth writing in this despairing age, providing it is Read More

WILL CALL Reviews The Dock Brief

THE DOCK BRIEF by John Mortimer.   This jolly, little play takes place in a prison cell in England in 1958 (set by Norman Scott), where a droll man named Fowle (Wesley Mann), the confessed murderer of his wife, is awaiting trial. He is being represented via a dock brief (like our court appointed Public Defender) by a verbose solicitor, Mr. Morgenhall (Frank Collison) who, after a less than illustrious Read More

LA Times Review: The Dock Brief

A blowhard lawyer?   That's the joke in 'The Dock Brief' in Venice F. Kathleen Foley What do you do when a lifetime of carefully harbored illusions are stripped away by irrefutable circumstance? If you’re the clueless barrister in John Mortimer’s “The Dock Brief,” now at Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, you simply rush to embrace another erroneous belief, in delusional defiance of reality. That’s the poignant conceit that gives a bit of heft to Read More

KCRW Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming, currently being revived by Pacific Resident Theater,

This is Anthony Byrnes Opening the Curtain on LA theater for KCRW. Harold Pinter's The Homecoming, currently being revived by Pacific Resident Theater, is a tough play to do right. Chances are even if you only walked by a drama class in college, you've got a copy of the paperback on your bookshelf staring back at you. Without cracking it in years, you remember - like Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? , Read More

Pinter’s “The Homecoming” at Venice’s Pacific Resident Theatre!

Posted: 06/05/2015 5:40 pm EDT Updated: 06/05/2015 5:59 pm EDT Harold Pinter was an Englishman who wrote powerful, controversial successfully that he was honored with a Nobel Laureate for Literature in 2005. I had the honor of meeting the dapper, delightful playwright in 1967 when I was production head of an ABC film company, Palomar, and we made a movie in England of his early play, "The Birthday Party." Although Read More

The stars certainly align in Pacific Resident Theatre’s production of Pinter’s TheHomecoming

The stars certainly align in Pacific Resident Theatre's production of Pinter's #TheHomecoming The pith of Harold Pinter is in the subtext. Innocuous interchanges – about a pilfered cheese roll, a ticking clock, a piece of fried bread – take on layers of meaning and menace that transcend the infrastructure of text. That is, given the right combination of director and actors. Together, they must dig in and do their homework in order Read More