“The Doctor’s Dilemma” — Los Angeles theater review for LA Weekly

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Hello readers!

My theater review this week for the LA Weekly is of The Doctor’s Dilemma, a production from A Noise Within, now playing at their theater in Pasadena.

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The Doctor’s Dilemma

George Bernard Shaw’s turn-of-the-century play is a platform for his diatribe against doctors. Shaw’s passionate distrust and satirical takedown of the medical profession is wrapped up in a slightly dull, five-act drama that’s enlivened by mildly comedic undercurrents and interesting discussions on contemporary morality.

Sir Colenso Ridgeon (Geoff Elliott) has just been knighted for developing a revolutionary new cure for tuberculosis. As he celebrates with several colleagues, including some who practice questionable methods for their own gain, Sir Colenso is petitioned by a ravishing beauty (Jules Willcox), who begs him to cure her ailing husband, Louis Dubedat (Jason Dechert). The lovestruck Colenso faces a series of moral dilemmas that prove his undoing.

Dechert is good as the smoothly charming artist with sublime talents, blithely grifting everyone he meets without a qualm. Freddy Douglas, however, overplays his pompous Walpole, giving him a boisterous and shrill tenor that undermines the comedy.

The Doctor’s Dilemma

A Noise Within

3352 E. Foothill Blvd.,


In rep.

Performance Schedule:

Saturday, Oct 27, 2pm

Saturday, Oct 27, 8pm

Sunday, Oct 28, 2pm

Friday, Nov 2 at 8pm

Thursday, Nov 8, 8pm

Friday, Nov 9, 8pm

Sunday, Nov 11, 2pm

Sunday, Nov 11, 7pm

Saturday, Nov 17, 2pm

Saturday, Nov 17, 8pm

Saturday, Nov 24, 8pm

Sunday, Nov 25, 2pm

Box Office: (626) 356-3100

Plays through Nov. 25, 2012.



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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