In 1982 Michael Morpurgo published his novel for young readers called War Horse. This amazing piece of work was later turned into a hit play on London’s West End in 2009 and on Broadway in 2011. Steven Spielberg took this amazing story and turned it into a wonderful motion picture in 2011, and now the sequel to War Horse, a lovely production called Farm Boy comes to the Los Angeles area with famed performer Lawrence Pressman and delightful young Simon Lees at the Matrix Theater.
This story, which takes place several years after the leading character of War Horse has already left this world, tells the story of what happens to the farm and its inhabitants after the motion picture ends. Lawrence Pressman portrays Grandfather, the son of War Horses leading performer. His love and respect for the story comes out quite clearly on the stage as he owns the character he portrays, and delivers it with such poise and ease as to assure the audience that he truly is Grandfather. He is countered by young Simon Lees, who portrays his Grandson. This young man carries the story from start to finish, allowing the audience to personally invest them in the story, and doing so with just as much poise and professionalism as his counterpart Pressman.
This relatively short production, only about an hour and ten minutes in length with no intermission, completes the story and keeps the audience engaged from start to finish. The joy and respect that these two performers have for the story is so pure, and the story line is so wonderful that this rates a Must See notation from this reviewer. With a spectacular set designed by Aaron Glazer, sound stage management by Gil Tordjman, and splendid direction provided by David Fofi and original music by Katrina Wood, this production offers wonder, beauty, joy, interest, and heartfelt power from start to finish.
Farm Boy: The Sequel to War Horse is playing at the Matrix Theatre, which is located at 7657 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles, CA 90046. Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 3:00PM through August 26th. There are also special Saturday matinees being offered on August 18th and August 25th at 3:00PM. Admission is $34.00 per person, but seniors 65 and older can purchase their tickets for $25 per person, students with identification for $20 per person, and groups of five or more can purchase their tickets for $22 each. Make your reservations by calling 800-838-3006 or log onto the internet at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/254780. This is a production you do not want to miss, and it is totally appropriate for the entire family. Enjoy!
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