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Theatre Review (Burbank): The Gronholm Method by Jordi Galceran at the Falcon Theatre

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The Falcon Theatre has started its 2012-2013 season with a bang. Jordi Galeeran’s The Gronhom Method is a hit. The play is part social commentary, part wicked comedy, part brilliant plotting, and all a thrilling mystery. The play concerns four corporate lawyers who are brought together to compete for one senior management position using the Gronholm Method, a system meant to separate the strong from the weak. Ah, if only it were that simple; maybe the weak aren’t so weak, maybe some or all are lying, maybe someone is a spy. The result is a thriller of huge comic proportions that keeps you guessing until the very end.

Director B T McNicholl has assembled a stellar cast to pull of these highjinks. McNicholl is an award-winning director with extensive credits. The cast consists of English actor Jonathan Cake who is known by many as the cop in Desperate Housewives. Stephen Spinella is a two-time Tony winner for his performances in Angels In America and The Dead. Handsome Graham Hamilton has been seen on many Southland stages including South Coast Repertory, The Broad Stage, A Noise Within, and the Antaeus Company. Lesli Margherita won the Olivier Award for her performance in Zorro The Musical and the Ovation Award as Best Actress in a Musical for playing Kate in Kiss Me Kate. Though primarily known as a musical actress, she gets to show her acting chops in this play.

The set is a gorgeous and expensive corporate waiting room designed by Brian Webb. Jennifer Schiever designed the lights and Ann Closs-Farley the costumes.

The play as presented has three distinct endings and I got the feeling this production was in the process of deciding which to use. In any case I think it would be a hit on Broadway and make a hell of a movie. The Gronholm Method will play at the Falcon Theatre until September 30.

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