“It Goes Like This” – LA Weekly theater review

Photo credit: David Bartlett.
Photo credit: David Bartlett.

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This week my theater review for the LA Weekly is of It Goes Like This, now playing at Marilyn Monroe Theatre at the Lee Strasberg Creative Center in West Hollywood.

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It Goes Like This

Written and directed by veteran actor Jack Betts, It Goes Like This is a personal story, clumsily told. Leaden-footed, as if cast in concrete, the melodramatic saga manages to be both utterly predictable yet also contain enough dramatic revelations to rival a telenovela.

Kevin McCorkle rigidly portrays a highly decorated general who runs his family with an iron fist. Against the protests of his gentle wife Colleece (Rachel O’Meara), he is shipping off his guitar-playing teen sons to military school so they can man up. But out of the blue he gets a call that causes his past to crash in on him. Suddenly, he’s confronted by the truth behind the loss of his brother.

Expected though unmotivated, his abrupt volte-face in Act Two engenders a tender speech that proves a highlight in an otherwise exposition-laden script, though the dialogue between the two sons, nicely played by Edan Freiberger and Justin Preston, is well observed.

In both acts a lengthy scene change is energetically undertaken behind an ill-fitting black curtain.


It Goes Like This

Marilyn Monroe Theatre at the Lee Strasberg Creative Center

7936 Santa Monica Blvd.,

West Hollywood

Performances: Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; through May 5, 2013



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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