This week’s theatre review – LA Weekly “Dissonance” at the Falcon

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This week’s theatre review for the LA Weekly is for Damian Lanigan’s play Dissonance, now playing at the Falcon Theatre in Toluca Lake.


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While providing a rare and interesting glimpse of the behind-the-scenes squabbles and power struggles of a quartet of classical musicians, regrettably Damian Lanigan’s drama Dissonance relies too heavily on cliché, in both character and story.

There’s the supercilious British quartet leader and first violin James (Daniel Gerroll) who is constantly being challenged by his second violin, a smiling young American upstart Hal (Peter Larney). Attractive cellist Beth (Elizabeth Schmidt) is desired by both men, while browbeaten viola player Paul (Skip Pipo) meekly tolerates James’ abuse and mercilessly cruel jokes.

When Beth starts tutoring a rich rock star, Jonny (Jeffrey Cannata), tensions tied to an important concert mount.

Crispin Whittell’s staging fluidly shifts from the rehearsal room to the rocker’s pad and back, but the director fails to orchestrate a uniform acting level from his troupe; sometimes emotion is mistaken for loud volume. Glaringly absent is a scene where Beth explains her expensive new cello to her colleagues.



Now playing Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 4 p.m.

Continues through March 4, 2012.

Falcon Theatre

4252 Riverside Drive,

Toluca Lake




Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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